Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Thor's Helmet from CFHT

Credit & Copyright: Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT), Hawaiian Starlight, CFHT
Explanation: NGC 2359 is a striking emission nebula with an impressive popular name - Thor's Helmet Sure, its suggestive winged appearance might lead some to refer to it as the "duck nebula", but if you were a nebula which name would you choose? By any name NGC 2359 is a bubble-like nebula some 30 light-years across, blown by energetic winds from an extremely hot star seen near the center and classified as a Wolf-Rayet star. Wolf-Rayet stars are rare massive blue giants which develop stellar winds with speeds of millions of kilometers per hour. Interactions with a nearby large molecular cloud are thought to have contributed to this nebula's more complex shape and curved bow-shock structures. NGC 2359 is about 15,000 light-years distant toward the constellation Canis Major.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Inconsistencies in Islam

Here's another good one courtesy of elvoivsdiablo:

"-Insist that violent passages in the quran only apply to long-ago historical incidents, but then also insist that the quran is a book of guidance "for all times and all people."

-Insist that mOhammad 's actions can't be judged by today's more humane human rights standards, while at the same time, insist that he is the perfect "Model for all Mankind" today.

-Insist that islam is a "religion of peace", while at the same time, brag about the great military victories of mOhammad.

-Insist that "truth stands from error" and that islam can stand on its own merits as the "one true religion", while laboring endlessly to squash all criticism and discussion of islam.

-Insist that the laws in Saudi Arabia and Iran are unIslamic while trying to get them implemented in the west, India and other kafir societies.

-Insist that women achieve TRUE liberation through islam! Never mind those pesky ideas about real equality with men in all areas of life, men and women are so different, and shariah "realistically" acknowledges these differences, unlike those evil man-made law systems that suggest otherwise!

-Insist how "liberating" it is for women to wear a piece of cloth on their heads.

-Insist that jihad has nothing to do with violence. It’s simply struggling with pen, tongue etc. at the same time looking for atomic bombs to use in kafir countries.

-Insist that most of the scientific inventions were foretold in quran but no one ever invented anything out of the quran.

-Insist that muslims should enjoy all human rights and make infinite number of mosques in western countries but ban kafirs from Mecca and Medina. Preaching of any other religion is not allowed in any islamic country .

-Insist that women in islam are privileged in an unparalleled manner and their equality with men have never been achieved in history like it was done in islam, yet use every trick in the book to show that they lack the wisdom and fair judgment of men and consequently, men must reserve the right to beat them if they go astray, of course as a "last resort".

-Insist that islam is against slavery and then demonstrate how humanely mOhammad treated 'his slaves' as proof of it.

-Insist that islam "Is a complete way of life", not just a religion. But when others criticize things like the burka and honor killings, say that it's the fault of "culture", not islam.

-Insist that the quran is the word of god, is protected against corruption, and is unchanged since mOhammad's death, despite the existence of multiple versions and histories attesting to changes that were made

-Insist in demanding for more rights and perks from kafirs in kafir countries via freedom of religion, while condoning the killing of the kafirs in islamic countries and preventing them from following their religion.

-Insist that islam liberated women when no islamic society treats them fairly.

-Insist that islam will one day dominate the world when muslim countries are sinking deeper in poverty and soon will face massive starvation.

-Insist that mOhammad was a perfect role model and a Mercy of God among men and hide the fact that he lied, raped, tortured, killed, robbed and was a pedophile

-Insist that quran cannot be translated into any other tongue except Arabic, the language of God, when those who say this themselves do not know how to speak Arabic"

-Insist that islam is a "way of life." but never mind that this "way of life" is the way of life of a bunch of savage desert dwellers of the 7th century.

-Insist to subject oneself in full surrender to allah. Pray five times a day, fast for one month (sleep during day and feast and riot at night), read the quran every day, expend years learning the "arts" of defecating, copulating and cleanliness and other useless rituals and dream of conquering the infidels and taking their money to compensate the consequences of one's laziness and unproductiveness.

-Insist that terrorist attacks in the name of islam are not perpetrated by muslims, but the countries who are the victims of the terrorist attacks deserve it because of their foreign policy towards islamic countries.

-Insist on the evils of the Western culture and the virtues of islam but at the same time do everything possible to immigrate to the West in order to escape oppression of the islamic countries.

-Insist that muslims are persecuted in Israel, India, Philippines, Thailand, etc but continue expanding islamic terrorism around the world

-Insist that islam is a logical religion and everyone with pure motives will become a muslim while forgetting that their own ancestors were forced to accept islam and many were killed for resisting.

-Insist that only islam is the Absolute Truth and that every other religious book is corrupted and unreliable, but at the same time try to 'prove' islam by referring to the same "corrupted" sources that they decry.

-Insist that islam has no superstitions while there are prescribed prayers and rituals to combat black magic, witchcraft, sorcery, evil eyes, stone throwing jinns etc

-Insist that kissing a black stone, walking several times around the kaba, throwing stones at a pillar and using prayer-beads has nothing to do with superstition.The quran is the most horrible book ever written! It is filled with lies, threats, torture, errors, and absolute bullshit. It drives its message home with fear. Indeed, many muslims only came to be muslims by threats of death!I believe that muslims are the worst victims of islam, being imprisioned by it's blood-thirsty lies and ridiculous rituals. Islam can only be trusted to be islam, evil, intolerant, and imperialistic, and calling for a war on terror is like deciding to stop the bullets instead of stopping the people who are shooting at you, decades of terror and the persistant denial is breathtaking. One cannot speak about love to people whose worship is to exterminate you, therefore I dont see any point liberating islamic countries from self-inflicted submission and subjugation and I certainly dont support allowing muslims into our countries because muslims will not integrate and insist on preaching the bile that is islam.For islam demands submission. Submission is all. Not thought, not questioning, not deciding that some parts must be rejected. Submission to the will of allah. It is a religion that encourages mental slavery, that demands mental slavery. Some escape by becoming apostates. Others can't do that, don't know quite how to do that. So they pretend and live a lie, based on willful ignorance..."

Jewish New Testament - David Stern

A while ago I bought 'The Jewish New Testament", as translated by David Stern and the Commentary that goes with it. If you want to really understand and enjoy the NT, I highly recommend both. Here's a little example, taken from Mark 3:5
"Then, looking them over and feeling both anger with them and sympathy for them at the stoniness of their hearts, he said to the man, "Hold out your hand." As he held it out, it became restored."
Commentary: And sympathy for them. Greek sullupoumenos, found only here in the New Testament, means "grieving with someone." Such a mixture of two emotions, anger and at the same time sympathy, is a normal and appropriate reaction to people whose hearts display stoniness (Greek porosis; see Ro 11:7-8 and notes). Stoniness - dullness, insensitivity, intellectual blindness, stubbornness.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

7 Steps to Islamization...

This is a great article from http://eloivsdiablo.blogspot.com, originally from ibloga. :

"Islamic intimidation in action, the seven-step staircase to Hell, analyses how an infidel nation becomes Islamised. Here are some excerpts:"The basic development process seems to follow pattern where eight phases can be discerned.

1) The starting point is a Western society with a normal development Social peace, satisfactory economic growth, ordinary crime levels, and changes in government depending on democratic elections. The number of Muslims in the population is very low, and their influence on society negligible.Current examples: Finland, Baltic states.

2) An initial phase when the proportion of Muslims is still fairly small, certain areas of human life of the immigrant population are in practice left alone by the authorities. This allows repression of girls and women in many Muslim families....A high birth rate among Muslims and a high level of immigration from Muslim countries is promoted inside the Muslim society.Infrequent proposals aiming at establishing sharia regarding various matters, acknowledging Muslim holidays also are presented. Another characteristic is increasing levels of crime motivated by attitudes often connected to jihad e g an increasing level of rapes of non-Muslim women. ..... This does not only reflect the dysfunctional relations between sexes in the Muslim part of society but is also a sign of an early "light-version" example of the influence of jihad thinking in the countryCurrent examples: USA, Sweden, Norway, Denmark.

3) Preparations for jihad: Beginning of geographic no-go areas for the police and public administration officials. Frequent physical attacks and even single infrequent murders of policemen or persons opposing political Islam. Death threats against adversaries are common. An increasing physical destruction of property by groups, influenced by the radical imams and the jihadists...... Property crimes of various types in order to finance the beginning of a domestic jihad movement.Current examples: France; beginning in England, Holland.

4) Start of jihad: Murders of individual policemen or active anti-Muslims with a certain frequency, which murders carry an evident political message. An organized countrywide Islamist movement appears, and some mosques start to retreat from liberal versions of Islam used as a deception during the initial stages ( 1-3). Establishment of definite no-go areas where militants put taxes on corporations and individuals. Extortion of individuals outside these areas.Current examples: Beginning in France.

5) Development of jihad: Frequent murders of policemen, teachers and well-known individuals opposing political Islam. ........Militants start to openly show weapons and declare far-reaching political goals e g taking over a region or the whole country.Current example: South of Thailand

6). Jihad: Insurgency ... Campaigns by the Islamic movement to convince media and the population of their right to dominate certain areas of the country proclaimed to be Muslim. Constant murders and kidnappings of opponents and well-known persons.Current example: The Philippines.

7). Jihad to Civil war. Large-scale military fights when the domestic forces fight the Islamic movement's goal to dominate a geographic region, or the country. Militias and the national Home Guard complement the army. Widespread executions, terror, cruelty, mayhem and widespread destruction reign in urban areas. Definite separation between Muslims and non-Muslims leads to large-scale movements of the population.Example: Lebanon during the seventies – end of eighties."

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Castle and Sky

.Credit & Copyright Paco Bellido
Explanation: While Comet McNaught ruled southern skies, last week's conjunction of the Moon and Venus could be enjoyed by denizens of both hemispheres of planet Earth. The two more commonly viewed celestial beacons produced this lovely twilight scene, recorded last Saturday in skies above Almodovar near Cordoba in southern Spain. Brilliant Venus and a slender crescent Moon seem to overlook the small town, along with a well-lit Castle Almodovar. The impressive castle's construction began in the 700s on the strategic site of a Roman fort. It was extensively restored in the 20th century.

Thursday, January 25, 2007


A worthy site to visit: www.3xterrorists.com. I have great admiration for anyone who would put their lives on the line for truth!
Sorry, this is long, but if you live in Michigan, near Ann Arbor, please read:

Below is National Press Release. Please all those withing 100 miles of Ann Arbor please support these brave men and advise your Pastors and Rabbis in the Ann Arbor area to announce the event and request support at thier Churches and Synagogues.

Death Threats Against Anani: A Prelude to Upcoming Michigan Event

Three Former Terrorists to Speak on World's Greatest Threat
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three former terrorists will give "Terrorism: The World's Greatest Threat" presentation at University of Michigan event:
WHO: Three Former Terrorists
WHERE: University of Michigan
Rackham Auditorium
915 East Washington Street (between South Thayer and Fletcher
Ann Arbor, Michigan
WHEN: Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Zachariah Anani, a former terrorist-militant and refugee from Lebanon, will join two other former terrorists, Walid Shoebat and Kamal Saleem for
"Terrorism: The World's Greatest Threat," a presentation at the University of Michigan on Tuesday, January 30 at 7:00 p.m.
All three former terrorists risk their lives daily to relay their important message. See:
http://3xTerrorists.com. Recently, Anani has been targeted by Islamist groups because he lives near the event. These groups have mounted a public witch hunt against him.
Prior to the highly publicized controversy surrounding his recent talk at the Campbell Church in Windsor, Ontario, (across the border from Detroit), Anani received death threats warning him against speaking at the university.
The controversy at the church in Windsor is a reaction to billboards placed in the Detroit Metro area, which advertise his participation in the university event.
Walid Shoebat believes that the extremists who are trying to stop Anani's freedom of speech are also seeking to stifle the important education Anani and his colleagues have to offer on terrorism.
"In order to understand the negative affects of narcotics, reformed drug addicts are often called upon to talk about their experiences," says Shoebat. "It is the same situation here. Three former terrorists are educating the world on the phenomenon of terrorism, so that people can understand."
The event is free and open to the public.
For directions go to:
Walid Shoebat is the author of "Why I left Jihad." His new book, "Why We Want To Kill You!" will be released in February. See: http://shoebat.com.
Contact: Maria Sliwa of M. Sliwa Public Relations for the Shoebat Foundation, +1-973-272-2861 or msliwa@msliwa.com

Hey Ho Diddley Bop

Hat tip: AC
"Hey, ho, diddley-bop
I wish I was back on the block
Bo Diddly, Bo Diddly where you been?
Round the world and back again. "
Certain things stick in your mind, but get muddled as time passes. If you ever saw "Blue Lagoon", it showed a good example of this. The kids remembered bits and pieces of old songs and stories. The above is something I was trying to remember from Basic training, and AC remembered it! We would march around sort of 'singing' this song... also the C-130 song from a previous post. When I first arrived at Basic, I was horrifed by the heat and 'in your face' behavior of the TIs, but by the end I had nothing but admiration for them (the TIs that is:>)).
btw, the mystery of the carnage at the park was solved. Mr Eyes examined the remains (being an ex-trapper/hunter) and said it was probably a local resident who enjoys the taste of fresh Nutrea. Actually, Farmer John guessed this also:>)

Body Parts At The Park

Blood soaked grass

Week old stomach and my friends hand


Week old intestines and stomach

Intestines arranged in a cross pattern

Intestines and stomach or scrotum? (click on to enlarge)

I know, I know... GROSS!!! Normally I have such nice pictures to post:>) I saw something really gross at the park one day about 2 weeks ago, but I couldn't tell what it was. I thought it looked like a big sausage, and some intestines, but didn't think much about it. Then, a week later I saw another such pile of what looked like intestines. Last night my girlfriend called me and said she had found a number of similar items at the park, so we decided to go investigate today and take pictures. These piles are in at least 5 locations, and vary in age from a day or two to several weeks old. The one shown is the most recent.
We called the parks department and they sent out a couple of guys to look at it. They were as baffled as we were, so he called for someone from the police department to come take a look. The police officer thought it looked like a coyote kill, but I don't think so. We determined (all 5 of us at this point), that each pile contains intestines and stomachs. No bones. Very little fur (just a few little tufts).
I think it's probably kids killing stray dogs and disemboweling them in some sort of satanic ritual. What do you think? I asked Mr Eyes, who used to trap coyotes and he said that there is no way a coyote would leave the intestines and stomach. That's their favorite part!!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The Magnificent Tail of Comet McNaught

Credit & Copyright: Robert H. McNaught
Explanation: Comet McNaught, the Great Comet of 2007, has grown a long and filamentary tail. The spectacular tail spreads across the sky and is visible to Southern Hemisphere observers just after sunset. The head of the comet remains quite bright and easily visible to even city observers without any optical aide. The amazing tail is visible on long exposures and even to the unaided eye from a dark location. Reports even have the tail visible just above the horizon after sunset for many northern observers as well. Comet McNaught, estimated at magnitude -2 (minus two), was caught by the comet's discoverer in the above image just after sunset last Friday from Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. Comet McNaught, the brightest comet in decades, is now fading as it moves further into southern skies and away from the Sun and Earth.

Unveiling Islam - Ergun and Emir Caner

I'm reading "Unveiling Islam" by Ergun and Emir Caner, ex-muslims. It is written to try to help people understand islam, from a muslim point of view. Personally, I prefer the Walid Shoebat book, but this one is good too. Particularly good for liberals, who don't like to ruffle feathers. I thought this section was good on "The Sanctity of Religious Liberty":
"The Christian ideal is that the inerrant, infallible Word of God is the basis upon which ethical decisions are made. Christians are never to be reactionary, that is, simply acting out of an emotional response to another person's actions. Action based upon Scripture is an important precept of the Christian theory of religious liberty. Muslims and others have a God-given right to believe whatever they wish and to practice that belief so long as their actions do no violence to others. At the point of violence, Christians can in some circumstances step in to act, but not out of a desire for revenge. The motivation must be love and honor for the fundamental laws God has given to govern humanity....
Further, God the Father gives all people the opportunity to love Him by accepting the sacrifice of His Son on the cross as forgiveness for sin. Since love must be a choice and connot be forced upon anyone, God, in His power, allows people to reject Him, even allowing people to hate him.
Therefore, people must be given ample possibility to act in accordance with their decision for or against the Creator of the universe. To do otherwise is to indirectly or directly force a person into a legalistic relationship with the Church and its doctrines."

C-130 rolling down the strip....

This great trip down memory lane, courtesy of American Crusader:

"I don't know but I think I might

Jump from an airplane while in flight

Soldier, soldier, have you heard?

I'm gonna jump from a big iron bird

Up in the morning in the drizzlin' rain

Packed my chute and boarded the plane

C-130 rollin' down the strip

64 Rangers on a one-way trip"

I haven't heard that one in years!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Illuminating Survey of Muslim Americans

I found this survery at 'Muslims for a Safe America' It was taken at the Islamic Society of North America’s 43rd Annual Convention in Chicago from September 1, 2006 to September 4, 2006. The respondents were all American muslims. For the whole survey, go here.
Here's a sample, which pretty much sums up the level of 'deep shit' we're in:
15. Is it justifiable for the U.S. government to do any of the following in an attempt to prevent terrorist attacks in America:
a. taking religion and ethnicity into account as one factor when deciding whom to interview and search at airports?

YES 37
NO 258

b. monitoring activities at American mosques?
YES 43
NO 255

c. listening to phone calls of people in America whom the government claims are connected in some way with Al Qaeda?
YES 64
NO 232

d. having an informer pretend to support or encourage violence against America, to see if the targeted Muslims will decide to attack American targets?
YES 35
NO 258

e. monitoring Muslim charities in America, in the hopes of preventing funding for possible terrorist attacks?
YES 52
NO 242

f. focusing Immigration & Customs Enforcement resources on deporting Muslim illegal aliens, who have not been convicted of terrorism, in the hopes of disrupting possible Al Qaeda attacks?
YES 29
NO 263

g. allowing Muslim illegal aliens to stay in America if they agree to work as informants, monitoring the Muslim community for the government?
YES 21
NO 277

h. torturing suspected Al Qaeda members to get information about possible planned attacks
YES 14
NO 278

Saturday, January 20, 2007

God's Love Toward a Radical Muslim

I found an interesting article about a muslim who started reading the Bible, and then converted to Christianity. He made some interesting points:


In the Quran it says that some revelations are abolished or forgotten(Surah Al-Baqara 2:106 ). What does that mean? In fact it's exactly the opposite in the Bible:

In the Torah, Numbers 23:19,"God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind."

And in Zabur (Psalms) 31:5,"Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O LORD, the God of truth."

And in Injeel (the Gospel of John) 17:17,"Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth."
Never did I find a single verse in the Bible saying that God lies or that He changes His verses and leads people astray.


Also, why was Jesus Christ faultless and without sin, whereas Mohammad was touched by Satan and lead a sinful life? Many times in the Quran, Mohammad is reminded of repenting his sins. Every Muslim who reads the Quran with understanding knows it very well.

Stunning photos of thermal traps for missiles

Hat tip: Pravda

Friday, January 19, 2007

Limb Amputations in Iran

Hat tip: Religion of Peace:

"NCRI - The chief of the regime’s judiciary in the western city of Kermanshah, Allah-Yar Malik-Shahi yesterday said, “Soon there will be a number of limb amputations in public in connection with robberies in [Kermanshah] Province.” (Official news agency IRNA, January 10, 2007)
He said, “The judiciary will cut off the hand which steals people’s properties in order to serve as a lesson for others… Carrying out several sentences in public will greatly decrease such crimes in society.”

The medieval regime has resorted to extreme measurers, such as limb amputation, eye gouging, flogging, and the degrading punishment of parading prisoners around towns, to combat the rising tide of popular uprisings and demonstrations in various provinces across Iran.

The Iranian Resistance calls on all international human rights organizations to condemn the medieval regime’s punishments and take urgent action to stop the barbaric and systematic violations of human rights in Iran.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of IranJanuary 11, 2007 "

CNN - Too funny!

OMGosh! This is hysterical!!!

"During a Jan. 1 broadcast of Wolf Blitzer's nightly news program, a pre-commercial preview of the show's next segment included a story on the hunt for Al Qaeda's leadership. Over a photo of Osama Bin Laden and his second-in-command Ayman Al-Zawahiri, a graphic read "Where's Obama?" rather than "Where's Osama?" Read more...

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Scott Speicher

I was just thinking about Scott Speicher. It certainly is strange they couldn't figure out what happened to him. They have a pretty nice website set up at http://www.freescottspeicher.org/, and had a prayer vigil for him yesterday in Jacksonville FL.

Southern Comet

Credit & Copyright: Noel Munford (Palmerston North Astronomical Society, New Zealand)
Explanation: After a remarkable performance in the northern hemisphere, the brightest comet in decades is now showing off in the south. Recorded during evening twilight on January 17, this view features the bright coma and gorgeous, sweeping tail of Comet McNaught (c/2006 P1) over Lake Horowhenua in Levin, a small town on New Zealand's North Island. Astronomer Noel Munford reports that the five second long digital camera exposure comes close to capturing the visual appearance of the comet in a sky coloured by smoke from distant brush fires in Australia. Discovered last summer by R. H. McNaught (Siding Spring Survey), the comet grew impressively bright in early January and has even been sighted in full daylight. In the coming days Comet McNaught will continue to move south, for now a spectacle in southern skies as it heads for the outer solar system.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Border Agents

Please send an email to the president@whitehouse.gov, asking him to pardon the 2 border agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean :

"Just hours remain before two Texas Border Patrol agents — convicted of shooting a Mexican drug runner in the backside while on duty — are to turn themselves in to U.S. Marshals, and there's still no word on whether President Bush will grant them a pardon."

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Muslims "preaching" in the UK

Cuanas has the videos from an undercover project in the UK. It's VERY interesting. You can get an inside peak at what they talk about in mosques:


F-35 Lightning II

Meet the new F-35 Lightning II., By W. Thomas Smith Jr.
America’s brand-new F-35 Lightning II is currently undergoing a series of tests over Fort Worth, Texas. The third flight on Wednesday tested the aircraft at 23,000 feet, the highest altitude the aircraft has ever been. And this week, Lockheed Martin’s chief test pilot Jon Beesley — the only man on the planet to have flown the F-35 — plans to take the jet even higher.
The F-35 is not the first fighter ever tested by Beesley, a 56-year-old former Air Force officer and grandfather of six. He also is the second man in the world to fly the Air Force’s latest air supremacy fighter, the F-22 Raptor (designed to replace the F-15 Eagle). And he was one of the first to fly the now aging F-117 Nighthawk (the world’s “first operational stealth aircraft”).
Like the Raptor and the Nighthawk, the F-35 is a stealth fighter. But it is the first-ever aircraft designed to replace four existing aircraft from three services. In full production, it will replace currently operational fighters like the Air Force’s F-16 Fighting Falcon and the “tank killing” A-10 Thunderbolt, the Navy and Marine Corps’ F-18 Hornet, and the Marines’ AV-8 Harrier “jump jet.” On Wednesday afternoon, a few hours after testing the F-35, Beesley explained why the new nine-G, Mach 1.6 (just over 1,200 miles per hour) fighter is unlike anything ever flown.

Monday, January 15, 2007

A Question for Muslims

This is pretty good. It's a letter from an American pilot (hat tip Mr Eyes friend):

"A Muslim doctor is saying we are profiling him because he has been checked three times while getting on an airplane.

Below is a letter from an American Airlines pilot who asks the same question that many of us have been asking for the past several years. He says what is in his heart beautifully. It's time to get answers from those who claim their terrorist members do not represent THEM. Why are their leaders not LOUDLY and FIERCELY and CONTINUOUSLY condemning their visible murderous brethren?

YOU WORRY ME! By American Airlines Pilot Captain John Maniscalco.

"I've been trying to say this since 9/11." You worry me. I wish you didn't. I wish when I walked down the streets of this country that I love, that your color and culture still blended with the beautiful human landscape we enjoy in this country. But you don't blend in anymore. I notice you, and it worries me. I notice you because I can't help it anymore. People from your homelands, professing to be Muslims, have been attacking and killing my fellow citizens and our friends for more than 20 years now. I don't fully understand their grievances and hate but I know that nothing can justify the inhumanity of their attacks.

On September 11, 2001, nineteen ARAB-MUSLIMS hijacked four jetliners in my country. They cut the throats of women in front of children and brutally stabbed to death others. They took control of those planes and crashed them into buildings killing thousands of proud fathers, loving sons, wise grandparents, elegant daughters, best friends, favorite coaches, fearless public servants, and children's mothers. The Palestinians celebrated; the Iraqis were overjoyed, as was most of the Arab world.

So I notice you now. I don't want to be worried. I don't want to be consumed by the same rage and hate and prejudice that has destroyed the soul of these terrorists. But I need your help. As a rational American, trying to protect my country and family in an irrational and unsafe world, I must know how to tell the difference between you and the Arab/Muslim terrorist.

How do I differentiate between the true Arab/Muslim-Americans and the Arab/Muslims in our communities who are attending our schools, enjoying our parks, and living in OUR communities under the protection of OUR Constitution while they plot the next attack that will slaughter these same good neighbors and children? The events of September 11th changed the answer. It is not my responsibility to determine which of you embraces our great country, with ALL of its religions, with ALL of its different citizens, with all of its faults. It is time for every Arab/Muslim in this country to determine it for me. I want to know, I demand to know, and I have a right to know whether or not you love America. Do you pledge allegiance to its flag? Do you proudly display it in front of your house, or on your car?

Do you pray in your many daily prayers that your Allah will bless this nation, that he will protect and prosper it? Or do you pray that your Allah will destroy it in one of your "Jihads"?

Are you thankful for the freedom that only this nation affords? A freedom that was paid for by the blood of hundreds of thousands of patriots who gave their lives for this country? Are you willing to preserve this freedom by paying the ultimate sacrifice? Do you love America? If this is your commitment, then I need YOU to start letting ME know about it.

Your Muslim leaders in this nation should be flooding the media at this time with hard facts on your faith, and what hard actions you are taking as a community and as a religion to protect the United States of America. Please, no more benign overtures of regret for the deaths of the innocent because I worry about who you regard as innocent.

No more benign overtures of condemnation for the unprovoked attacks because I worry about what is unprovoked to you. I am not interested in any more sympathy..I am only interested in action.

What will you do for America-- our great country-- at this time of crisis, at this time of war?

I want to see Arab-Muslims waving the AMERICAN flag in the streets. I want to hear you chanting "Allah Bless America " I want to see young Arab/Muslim men enlisting in the military. I want to see a commitment of money, time, and emotion to the victims of this butchering and to this nation as a whole. The FBI has a list of over 400 people they want to talk to regarding the World Trade Center attack. Many of these people live and socialize in Muslim communities. You know them. You know where they are.
Hand them over to us, now! But I have seen little even approaching this sort of action. Instead I have seen an already closed and secretive community close even tighter. You have disappeared from the streets. You have posted armed security guards at your facilities. You have threatened lawsuits. You have screamed for protection from reprisals.

The very few Arab/Muslim representatives that HAVE appeared in the media were defensive and equivocating. They seemed more concerned with making sure that the United States proves who was responsible before taking action. They seemed more concerned with protecting their fellow Muslims from violence directed toward them in the United States and abroad than they did with supporting our country and denouncing "leaders" like Khadafi, Hussein, Farrakhan, and Arafat. If the true teachings of Islam proclaim tolerance and peace and love for all people then I want chapter and verse from the Quran and statements from popular Muslim leaders to back it up. What good is it if the teachings in the Quran are good and pure and true when your "leaders" are teaching fanatical interpretations, terrorism, and intolerance?

It matters little how good Islam SHOULD BE if large numbers of the world's Muslims interpret the teachings of Mohammed incorrectly and adhere to a degenerative form of the religion. A form that has been demonstrated to us over and over again. A form whose structure is built upon a foundation of violence, death, and suicide. A form whose members are recruited from the prisons around the world. A form whose members (some as young as five years old) are seen day after day, week in and week out, year after year, marching in the streets around the world, burning effigies of our presidents, burning the American flag, shooting weapons into the air. A form whose members convert from a peaceful religion, only to take up arms against the United States of America, the country of their birth. A form whose rules are so twisted that their traveling members refuse to show their faces at airport security checkpoints, in the name of Islam. Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because our women proudly show their faces in public rather than cover up like a shameful whore? Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because we drink wine with dinner, or celebrate Christmas? Do you and your fellow Muslims hate us because we have befriended Israel, the ONLY civilized democratic nation in the entire Middle East?

And if you and your fellow Muslims hate us, then why in the world are you even here? Are you here to take our money? Are you here to undermine our peace and stability? Are you here to destroy us? If so, I want you to leave. I want you to go back to your desert sandpit where women are treated like rats and dogs. I want you to take your religion, your friends, and your family back to your Islamic extremists, and STAY THERE! We will NEVER give in to your influence, your retarded mentality, your twisted, violent, intolerant religion.

We will NEVER allow the attacks of September 11th, or any others for that matter, to take away that which is so precious to us: Our rights under the greatest Constitution in the world. I want to know where every Arab/Muslim in this country stands and I think it is my right and the right of every true citizen of this country to demand it. A right paid for by the blood of thousands of my brothers and sisters who died protecting the very constitution that is protecting you and your family. I am pleading with you to let me know. I want you here as my brother, my neighbor, my friend, as a fellow American. But there can be no gray areas or ambivalence regarding your allegiance and it is up to YOU, to show ME, where YOU stand. Until then .you worry me!"

Sunday, January 14, 2007

911 Babies

From The Religion of Peace:

"As Muslims complain about extra scrutiny at airports, these children of 9/11 will never know their fathers."

Israel and American Christians

I picked this WND article up via a link at CUANAS, and think it really covers the reasons American Christians support Israel:

Why do American Christians support Israel so loyally and enthusiastically?

1. The strong evangelical church in America can read the Bible and see that the Jews' only historic home is in Israel.

2. Most Christians understand that Jesus was a Jew who lived in a Jewish state, albeit one under the colonial rule of the Roman Empire.

3. They understand that God chose to reveal Himself to the Jewish people and the nation of Israel.

4. They don't see a nation of Palestine mentioned in the Old Testament or New – with good reason: It never existed before or since, except in the imaginations of people like Yasser Arafat.

5. They believe God made certain promises to the nation of Israel and that today's Jewish state is a manifestation of those promises.

6. They understand that their Holy Scriptures indicate God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse it. They don't want to be on the wrong side of that spiritual equation.

7. They understand their own salvation, in the person of Jesus, chose to come through the House of David and minister principally to the Jews.

8. They grasp that the Jews alone – with the help of God, of course – have made the deserts bloom in that Holy land, just as the prophets predicted.

9. They comprehend that the Jews alone formed a free society in the Middle East.

10. They can see that Israel has been an ally to the United States and a friend to the free world throughout its 50-year history of rebirth.

Someone also said once that they vote with the US at the UN 91% of the time. The next closest country is Australia, at 58%. Obviously #9 and #10 can be grasped by even the simplest fool, and are not based on theology, so I usually use them when debating non-Christians (especially #10 because of the tons of examples to prove that particular point).

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Comet Over Krakow

Credit & Copyright: Andrzej Sawow
Explanation: Bright Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) graced the twilight this week, seen by many and often described with superlatives. Watching the skies over Krakow, Poland, Andrzej Sawow recorded this view on Wednesday - with an ordinary handheld digital camera. He notes that "... astronomy is really for everyone who loves to look at the night sky. And fortunately (sometimes) the sky generously rewards its observer". Now very close to the Sun, Comet McNaught (along with Mercury) is visible in realtime images from the SOHO spacecraft. Otherwise, skywatchers will find the comet hard to see this weekend. But southern hemisphere observers could be rewarded next week as Comet McNaught begins to climb higher in southern skies.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Mo Science

This is too funny! Unfortunately,,,, real. So, say "Goodby" to NASA in the utopian caliphate.

Abd Al-Baset Al-Sayyid: When British colonialism or the British kingdom were in control, and it was “an empire on which the sun never sets,” it imposed Greenwich Mean Time. This creates two problems for the world. The first problem is that in Greenwich, the magnetic field of Earth is 8.5 degrees, whereas in Mecca the magnetic field is zero.
Interviewer: Before the break, we talked to Dr. Abd Al-Baset about the centrality of Mecca, and about the importance of measuring time according to the latitude of Mecca, and not according to the latitude of Greenwich... Why is it?
Abd Al-Baset Al-Sayyid: It has been proven that there is a certain discrepancy if we calculate it according to Greenwich. This discrepancy has been estimated as 8.5 minutes between the northern and southern hemispheres.
Interviewer: How much?
Abd Al-Baset Al-Sayyid: 8.5 minutes. Air traffice cannot be organized this way. They are aware of this, and so they try to change it.
Interviewer: Really?
Abd Al-Baset Al-Sayyid: Yes. If they calculated time according to Mecca, it would be the same in the northern and southern hemispheres.
Interviewer: Surely they know this...
Abd Al-Baset Al-Sayyid: Yes, but we have to work on these things. We must declare this, and we must convene a large conference with them, and tell them that time must be calculated according to Mecca.
Interviewer: What other benefits are there to calculating time according to Mecca?
Abd Al-Baset Al-Sayyid: If you calculate time according to Mecca, those 8.5 minutes... The magnetic field of Earth, for example... What I say is that there are people at the North Pole and the South Pole who cannot come here in multitudes.
Interviewer: Really?
Abd Al-Baset Al-Sayyid: This is because the magnetic force is concentrated there, which affects people’s blood and the biological movement of life. It has been proven that if magnetism, anywhere, exceeds 1,000 gauss, which equals one tenth of a tesla, it affects the ability of the hemoglobin in the blood to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues, the ability of the blood to carry oxygen to the tissues.
Interviewer: In other words, the ability to live...
Abd Al-Baset Al-Sayyid: Yes, to live... This means is that when you are in Mecca, the ability of the blood to carry oxygen to the tissues is greater than anywhere else in the world.
Interviewer: That’s why, when people travel to Mecca, they return full of energy.
Abd Al-Baset Al-Sayyid: In Mecca, you don’t exert any effort. That’s why you may see an old man, who cannot walk, or who walks with crutches, and even though it gets very crowded around the Ka’ba, he is filled with great strength, and he circles the Ka’ba. You do not exert any effort, and you are filled with energy, because you are in a place in which there is no magnetic force.
Anybody who studies human chemistry knows that all circulation in the human body is to the right. All the components are called “dextro-rotatary,” which means circulating to the right. They call it dextro-rotatory, which means circulating to the right. When I’m circulating [the Ka’ba] from right to left, anti-clockwise, I increase my body’s circulation, and consequently I am filled with energy.
Interviewer: I get filled with energy too?
Abd Al-Baset Al-Sayyid: Yes, because the right-to-left circulation in my body increases."

Thursday, January 11, 2007

More from "Why I left Jihad" - Walid Shoebat

This is such a good book. I HIGHLY recommend it. He delves into theology, history and prophecy. His "take" on prophecy makes so much sense, you really do have to read it. OT, here is a tidbit from "With Lawrence of Arabia" by Lowell Thomas (1925), regarding muslims respect for their holy sites (not):
"Hussein supervised the attack on Mecca, and while Faisel and Ali were in command of the force directed against Medina, the Grand Shereef was successful at Mecca. The forts on the three hills overlooking that forbidden and sacred city were garrisoned by the sultan's most faithful Circassian mercenaries and by picked Turkish troops. On the day of the attack, the Arabs swept through the gates and captured the main bazaar, the residential section, the administration buildings, and the sacred mosque of the Holy Kaaba. For a fortnight the battle raged around the two smaller forts, which were finally taken.
During all this fighting the aged Shereef remained in his palace directing operations in spite of scores of Turkish three inch shells that riddeled his residence. The Turks might have been able to hang on for many months had it not been for their own folly.
The Ottoman seems to be a Muhammadan in theory only, occasionally adhering to the ritual and even less frequently adhering to the spirit of the Koran. Heedless of the deep set religious feelings of their enemies and co-religionists, they suddenly began to bombard the mosque of the Kaaba, the most sacred shrine of all Islam. One shell actually hit the black stone burning a hole in the holy carpet and killing nine Arabs who were kneeling in prayer. Hussein's followers were so enraged by this impious act that they swarmed over the walls of the great fort and captured it after desperate hand-to-hand fighting with knives and daggers."
I guess that would be a holey holy carpet....

The Eagle Nebula in Infrared

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/N. Flagey (IAS/SSC) & A. Noriega-Crespo (SSC/Caltech)
Explanation: In visible light, the whole thing looks like an eagle. The region was captured recently in unprecedented detail in infrared light by the robotic orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope (SSC). Shown above, the infrared image allows observers to peer through normally opaque dust and so better capture the full complexity of the Eagle Nebula star forming region. In particular, the three famous pillars near the image center are seen bathed in dust likely warmed by a supernova explosion. The warm dust is digitally assigned the false color of red. Also visible, near the bottom of the image, is ten light-year long pillar sometimes dubbed the Fairy of Eagle Nebula. The greater Eagle emission nebula, tagged M16, lies about 6500 light years away, spans about 20 light-years, and is visible with binoculars toward the constellation of Serpens.

Our BSF leader said this yesterday, speaking of when we encounter troubles in this life, but somehow this picture makes me think of it:

The "Go To" Principle: "When my life is out of focus, I remind myself that I am not a body with a soul, but a soul with a body."

I also liked this one: "When we encounter trouble, we can break down, break out, or break through."

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

NGC 602 and Beyond

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA) - ESA/Hubble Collaboration
Explanation: Near the outskirts of the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy some 200 thousand light-years distant, lies 5 million year young star cluster NGC 602. Surrounded by natal gas and dust, NGC 602 is featured in this stunning Hubble image of the region. Fantastic ridges and swept back shapes strongly suggest that energetic radiation and shock waves from NGC 602's massive young stars have eroded the dusty material and triggered a progression of star formation moving away from the cluster's center. At the estimated distance of the Small Magellanic Cloud, the picture spans about 200 light-years, but a tantalizing assortment of background galaxies are also visible in the sharp Hubble view. The background galaxies are hundreds of millions of light-years or more beyond NGC 602.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Moon God Allah

Hadrian Crescent and Star
Okay, this is really interesting, from “Why I left Jihad” by Walid Shoebat (I highly recommend this book):
"Revelation 17 presents a snapshot of the entire Babylonian influence and of human sin, stretching over time to encompass the empires of Daniel with their false religions. Islam's crescent moon, in reality, stems from Babylonia, modern day Iraq. In 217 AD, Emperor Caracala was killed after he was returning from visiting the Temple of the Moon God in Harran, Iraq. In 363 AD, Emperor Julian paid his respects to the temple of Sin. The Moon God, in fact, was the most worshiped god in Roman times. It is reasonable to connect the Roman Empire's religious worship from Babylon to Islam, which adopted this symbol. "

.................. Flag of Pakistan
“Islam is simply a revival of a Babylonian religion. The Moon god with the crescent moon and star symbol originated in Babylon (Iraq) and was one of the 360 idols in the Kaaba (Mecca) before Muhammad destroyed them. In Babylon, the Moon god was called “Sin”. Caton Thompson’s book, “The Tombs and Moon Temple of Hureidha, discusses the uncovering of a temple of the Moon-god in southern Arabia. The symbols of the crescent moon and no less than 21 inscriptions with the name “Sin” were found in this temple. An idol, which may be the Moon god himself, was also discovered. The Arabic word for “god” is ‘Ilah” and the Moon god became synonymous with ‘al-Ilah’, meaning ‘the god;” pagan Arabia believed that the Moon god was the greatest of all the gods, hence the phrase “Allahu Akbar,” meaning “Allah is greater.”
Revelation 17:8 (~90AD): "The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come."

McNaught Now Brightest Comet in Decades

Credit & Copyright: Jens Hackmann

Explanation: The brightest comet in decades is unexpectedly now visible. The most optimistic predictions have Comet McNaught (C/2006 P1) shortly becoming one of the brightest comets of the past century. For the next few days, its short tail and bright coma can be spotted with the unaided eye close to the Sun and near the horizon in both evening and morning skies. This dramatic picture of the comet shining through cloudy skies was taken near sunset on January 7 from Bad Mergentheim, Germany.

Monday, January 8, 2007

Killer germ set to 'emerge in force'

My mom sent this article this morning. Quite interesting...

Sharon Kirkey
CanWest News Service
Tuesday, January 02, 2007

A superbug that causes infections from large, boil-like lesions to hemorrhagic pneumonia and, in rare cases, flesh-eating disease is poised to "emerge in force" across Canada, a new report warns. While the prospect of a flu pandemic has governments scrambling to develop emergency plans, an epidemic of community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or CA-MRSA, is raging in the U.S. and beginning to entrench itself here, infectious disease experts report today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

In the U.S., clusters have been reported in groups from NFL players to toddlers in day care.
In Canada, outbreaks have occurred in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. The Calgary Health Region sees between 40 and 70 cases per month. Infections are also being reported in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City. Doctors are now investigating the possible transmission of the community-acquired staph strain among a small group of Calgary hospital patients, which would be one of the first cases of CA-MRSA being transmitted between hospital patients.

"Not a day goes by where I'm in clinic that I'm not pulling out a scalpel to drain one of these things," says Dr. John Conly, co-author of the report and an infectious disease specialist and professor of medicine at the University of Calgary.

"We're seeing far too many of them." The organism is an "old foe with new fangs," a pathogen that is virulent, drug-resistant and has an uncanny ability to "disseminate at large," according to the CMAJ report. So far, its prevalence is thought to be low, but rising in most parts of the country.

"Front-line physicians need to be aware of the increasing prevalence and the potential severity of CA-MRSA infection," the researchers write. The germ killed a healthy 30-year-old Calgary man and a three-month-old baby in Toronto in 2005. Both died of necrotizing pneumonia, or lung abscesses. The infection begins with what looks like a spider bite, a red, very tender area that rises up and comes to a head just like a small boil. If not treated promptly, the lesions can develop into large, spreading abscesses in the soft tissues that can grow to the size of a baseball "or even a grapefruit in some settings," Conly said in an interview. People develop fever and flu-like symptoms. In some cases, MRSA can cause bleeding in the lungs.

"For some reason, there are people who are predisposed to develop what looks like standard pneumonia and very quickly they begin to cough up blood," Conly said. Previously confined to hospital patients, the staph infection is now occurring in healthy people. The community strain "doesn't carry as much genetic baggage" as the hospital strain and is sensitive to other antibiotics, Conly says.

"But it seems to have a propensity to cause very large abscesses in the soft tissues with copious drainage, and seems to spread much more readily than the hospital strain has done."
It's also moving out of the traditional risk groups, such as intravenous drug users, the homeless, First Nations, the military and people infected with HIV.

The staph infection is spread by physical contact, through open cuts and scrapes, poor hygiene and sharing personal items, such as soap, towels, creams, razors and clothes.
Athletes are particularly prone: It has affected college and high-school-aged football players, wrestlers and rugby players. A Miami Dolphins football player lost a season because of a severe MRSA infection. The Canadian Committee on Antibiotic Resistance and the Coaching Association of Canada has launched a campaign to educate coaches, parents and athletes about staph infections.

Pets, too, can be reservoirs for infection. New Canadian guidelines to control MRSA recommend regular hand washing, covering any draining skin lesion and not sharing potentially contaminated personal articles. Doctors are urged to report suspected outbreak to public health authorities and to limit the use of antibiotics, because their over-use drives resistance.
The guidelines recommend alcohol-based hand sanitizers in sports facilities where there are no sinks, showering after every game or practice, avoiding sharing towels or equipment, cleaning equipment regularly, ideally after every use. Anyone with an open sore should avoid contact sports, and should stay away from common whirlpools or saunas. Children with open or infected sores should also be kept away from day care or school until they're treated.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

Hate Speech?

This is pretty good, from the Religion of Peace website:

Hate Speech?
(Not According to CAIR)

“Muslims are the vilest of animals…”
“Show mercy to one another, but be ruthless to Muslims”
“How perverse are Muslims!”
“Strike off the heads of Muslims, as well as their fingertips”
“Fight those Muslims who are near to you”
“Muslim mischief makers should be murdered or crucified”


Hate speech? Incitement to violence? Sounds like it to us, but a knowledgeable Muslim would have to disagree. Why would Muslims not consider this to be hate speech? How is it that we can post these quotes with full certainty that CAIR won't be contacting the media (or Congress) with wild-eyed accusations of Islamophobia? Well, for one thing, we don’t actually agree with any of these statements, of course. But the real reason is that Muslims themselves honestly believe these quotes to be the literal, eternal word of Allah. In fact, CAIR is promoting this hate speech on their own website! It is actively propagating the very literature that contains these comments, even while sanctimoniously claiming that it is working against hate and violence. Read more....

Saturday, January 6, 2007

Theodorus Gaza

I just love this quote:

"The gift I am sending you is called a dog, and it is in fact the most precious and valuable possession of mankind."

- Theodorus Gaza
btw, That's my Howitzer shell from 1944 next to my canine friends:>)

Friday, January 5, 2007

"Why I Left Jihad" - Walid Shoebat

I’m reading “Why I left jihad” by Walid Shoebat. He was a terrorist from the West Bank who bombed a Bank near Bethlehem, amongst other things. I thought it would be interesting to read something from the perspective of an ex-Islamic terrorist. Check this out:

“Today, in response to what has become a mantra since September 11, -- that “true Islam is a religion of peace,” I say no. I grew up there. I was there at the mosques, the Friday Madrassa, listening to sermons by Ikrima Sabri, tapes by Abdul Hamid Kishk. They taught only the destruction of the Jews and hatred of the West. To kill, to maim, to hate, these were all the same as getting an “A” on your report card.

What the West does not understand about Islamism is that jihad has stages. If Muslims have the upper hand, then jihad is waged by force. If Muslims do not have the upper hand, then jihad is waged through financial and political means. Since Muslims do not have the upper hand in America or Europe, they talk about peace in front of you while supporting Hamas and Hezbollah in the back room. The whole idea of Islam being a peaceful religion emanates from that silent stage of jihad. As Sheikh Qaradawi taught Muslims in Chicago, when Salahu Deen Al-Ayubi (Saladin) was asked to concede to peace with the verse, Quran 8:61, “And if they incline to peace, then incline to it and trust in Allah.” However, from Quran 47:35, he replied, “And be not slack so as to cry for peace and you have the upper hand.”

In Islam, conceding to peace means that the Islamic Umma, nation, is weak. So as soon as Islam becomes the dominating force, it switches into war gear.”

This all jives with the “peaceful” verses in the Koran being written in Mecca when mohammed was the under-dog, and then the violent verses being written when he had taken over by force in Medina.

Here's his website: http://www.shoebat.com

Thursday, January 4, 2007

NGC 6960: The Witch's Broom Nebula

Credit & Copyright: T. A. Rector (U. Alaska), WIYN, NOAO, AURA, NSF

Explanation: Ten thousand years ago, before the dawn of recorded human history, a new light must suddenly have appeared in the night sky and faded after a few weeks. Today we know this light was an exploding star and record the colorful expanding cloud as the Veil Nebula. Pictured above is the west end of the Veil Nebula known technically as NGC 6960 but less formally as the Witch's Broom Nebula. The rampaging gas gains its colors by impacting and exciting existing nearby gas. The supernova remnant lies about 1400 light-years away towards the constellation of Cygnus. This Witch's Broom actually spans over three times the angular size of the full Moon. The bright star 52 Cygnus is visible with the unaided eye from a dark location but unrelated to the ancient supernova.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

"The Unifying Theory of Everything: Koran & Nature's Testimony"

Too FUNNY. I was looking for a specific version of the koran the other day on Amazon, and I saw this book in the suggestions:

"The Unifying Theory of Everything: Koran & Nature's Testimony".


It's 150 pages long.. HA! HA! HA!

So, the koran and Mr Asadi came up with what Einstein struggled with his entire life unsuccessfully, and sum it all up in 148 pages! LOL! LOL!!!

OMGosh, that is just too funny.

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Fear No Evil

This is a story from a book I’m reading by Natan Sharansky, “Fear No Evil” (1988) about his trial and time in the Soviet Gulag. He was a Soviet Refusnik who eventually was released (1986) and emigrated to Israel:

“Harold Kivilio was an Estonian whose cot was next to mine in the barracks. When the secret police came to his farm in the late 1940s to transport the entire family to Siberia, he and his brothers managed to join the partisans, but the KGB sent his parents and sister into exile. One after another, his brothers and friends were killed, and Harold remained alone in the forest. For years he lived with his girlfriend in a bunker. When she became seriously ill, he sent her to friends in the city. When troops combed the forest and surrounded it, he kept moving from one spot to another.

He had become a beekeeper, and each time he moved he carried the beehives on his shoulders. In 1957, when capital punishment was abolished for a brief time, he was one of the last to come out of hiding. He was given 25 years of camp and was serving the last 2 years when I met him. He served with dignity.

Each afternoon when Harold returned from work he would read his 2 favorite magazines, “Floriculture” and “Beekeeping”. They even permitted him to tend a small flower bed, and although it was forbidden to cultivate any food products in the camp, Kivilio managed to plant grasses that were high in vitamins, which he surreptitiously fed to me and other starved dissidents who had arrived from prison or the camp lockup. Without attracting attention, Kivilio shared his enormous camp experience with me, telling me who could be trusted, how the system of informers worked, and so on.

Years later an eyewitness described Harold’s release when his 25 years were up. He was met by his sister, his sole surviving relative. As they drove away she began to explain that her children knew nothing about why Harold had served time, and she asked him not to involve her family in politics.

“Stop the car,” Harold ordered. As he got out he added, “You don’t know me and I don’t know you. Good-bye.” Refused permission to settle in Estonia, he finally went to a Latvian village and returned to his occupation, beekeeping.”

Isn’t that an amazing story? We’re so blessed to have been born in the USA, and not the USSR! Don’t ever forget it. BTW, Sharansky was in prison for 9 years for simply wanting to emigrate to Israel.