A new novel for teenagers about a mixed-race girl who trains to become a terrorist suicide bomber has become a bestseller in mainstream bookshops since its publication a month ago.Disgusting. The teachers are fawning over this nasty piece of work. As Betsy points out, this isn't what children need, contrary to their multicultist authority figures' beliefs.
Checkmate, by the award-winning children's writer Malorie Blackman, features a heroine who is groomed by militant members of an oppressed ethnic group in an unspecified country - but there are many clues to it being Britain - to wear a vest bomb to kill a senior politician in a suicide mission on her 16th birthday.
Far from stoking controversy after the London bombings, the book looks set to become a sensation, with experts and children saying that Checkmate fulfils teenagers' need for contemporary, gritty fiction.
So, the author creates a fictional world that is quite racist. As a little touch, the blacks are the upper class and the whites are the mistreated lower class. See, that can open up our eyes in case you're too insensitive to understand racism if the victim is black. And then she creates a world so terrible that the heroine decides to become a suicide bomber. Actually, I think it conforms more to some stereotypes about terrorists as poor victims who find that murder is the only way to change society. The publisher says it's just a coincidence that this book came out after the London bombings. Well, there have been terrorist bombings for decades. Some in England, too. So, even without the 7/7 bombings as a backdrop, the publisher could do some good hard thinking about whether this is a good topic for teenagers.I've never advocated beating someone up for writing a book before, but I'd like to beat up the author of this book.
As a teacher, I'm so sick of the idea that the only good subjects to appeal to teenage readers are books about suicide, divorce, sex, death, and other topics that supposedly evoke the real-world problems that teenagers face. Including, I guess suicide bombing. According to these books, teenagerdom is one terrible Hobbesian state of nature where all the pretty girls are nasty and cruel; the good-looking boys just want to use everyone; and the parents are either dumb, alcoholic, or absent. Maybe, I'm just a middle-aged Pollyanna, but that isn't the world I see. I see kids who are concerned about doing well AND being good people. They are interested in their communities and their futures. Those who have had tough breaks such as parents dying or going through bitter divorces are terribly saddened, but also quite determined that they aren't going to be brought down by their own bad luck. I find the kids I interact with every day an inspiration and a great source of optimism. Sure, there are some mean kids and some unhappy, unpopular kids, but they are more the exception than the rule.
A 25 per cent increase in internet hate sites over 2004 has been revealed today at a Fredericton news conference by the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center.Digital Terrorism & Hate 2005 Report Shows 25 Per Cent Increase In Hate Sites
Traced by the Center's Task Force Against Hate & Terrorism operating in six countries around the world, the seventh annual interactive CD ROM Report is based on over 5,000 problematic web sites that aid and abet terrorism, promote racial violence, antisemitism and xenophobia.
Sites are from every continent and in many languages including Spanish, German, Russian, Japanese and Arabic. There is also a separate section on hate games and websites targeting children.
Japan's Asahi Shimbun revealed on Tuesday that the country's Ground Self-Defence Force's (SDF) security plan maps out military strategies based on two hypothetical ways China could attack Japan.
In the first scenario, if tensions between Beijing and Tokyo heighten over natural resources near the Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea, China may send troops to the islands to secure its interests.
The SDF would therefore respond by sending troops from Kyushu to the main island of Okinawa Prefecture or other southern islands to wipe out the Chinese forces and take back the islands, according to the plan.
The second eventuality is based on tempers flaring across the Taiwan Straits after Taipei declares "independence." The mainland may attack Japan to thwart United States forces positioned in Japan that would be poised to intervene.
The SDF would dispatch core troops to the islands south of Okinawa's main island and prepare to send specially- trained forces to protect SDF and US bases.
Though the plan noted the possibility of a military attack from China is "small," an official from Japan's Defence Agency argued Tokyo and the SDF must envisage the worst possible scenarios.
Let me get this straight. North Korea has already said that they've acquired nuclear weapons. Iran is on the verge of obtaining enough nuclear materials to build a nuclear weapon. And yet, the IAEA is going to be called a success for this? What planet are the folks who decided this prize on?!From A Blog For All: A Nobel Joke
As the Senate prepares an investigation, the U.S. State Department is demanding Saudi Arabia account for its distribution of hate-filled, jihad propaganda through American mosques.Thanks for springing into motion, Senate! You're truly a responsive legislative body. It's only been, what, four years since a bunch of Saudis flew airplanes into the Pentagon and World Trade Center? Am I alone in being incredulous that Arlen Specter of all people is spearheading this? Why haven't the conservative Republicans been on the ball with this?
The developments are based on a yearlong study by a Washington human-rights group asserting the government of Saudi Arabia is disseminating propaganda through American mosques that teaches hatred of Jews and Christians and instructs Muslims that they are on a mission behind enemy lines in a land of unbelievers.
The 89-page report by Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom, "Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Fill American Mosques," concludes the Saudi government propaganda examined reflects a "totalitarian ideology of hatred that can incite to violence."
The report says the fact it is "being mainstreamed within our borders through the efforts of a foreign government, namely Saudi Arabia, demands our urgent attention."
In response to the report and the Saudi Arabia Accountability Act of 2005, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings Oct. 25, the New York Sun reported.
The Accountability Act, introduced in June by Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., sharply criticizes the Saudi regime for its support of terrorist activity and, citing the Freedom House report, its part in spreading the radical Wahhabist ideology shared by Osama bin Laden and the 9-11 attackers.
The act's purpose is "to halt Saudi support for institutions that fund, train, incite, encourage, or in any other way aid and abet terrorism, and to secure fully Saudi cooperation in the investigation of terrorist incidents."
Specter has held Judiciary Committee hearings into Saudi financing of terrorism and Riyadh's role in injecting ideology into textbooks for Palestinian Arab schoolchildren, the Sun said.
The hearings this month likely will include testimony from the State Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Freedom House and terrorism experts, said William Reynolds, a spokesman for Specter.
The State Department's undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, Karen Hughes, also is demanding answers from the Saudis, the New York paper reported.
In a visit to Saudi Arabia last week, Hughes raised the issue in private meetings with government officials. She also referred to it publicly in a meeting with Saudi journalists.
"We had been raising the issue privately," Hughes explained, "and as part of raising difficult issues that we need to discuss, I felt it was appropriate."
Reynolds said the degree to which Saudi Arabia is making efforts to stop the propaganda will be a subject of the Senate hearings.
In March, 15 senators responded to the Freedom House report with a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice demanding the Bush administration take stronger action against Riyadh.
Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, were among the signers of the letter, which called for the U.S. to define its relationship Saudi Arabia more clearly.
Schumer stated: "It is a massive contradiction that a country we call an ally could be both so regressive in their own country and so brazen in its propagation of anti-American, anti-women, anti-Semitic books, publications, and practices. American security is undermined as the Saudi government exports these hateful commodities to millions beyond its borders, planting the seeds for new generations of terrorists and totalitarian Wahhabi leaders."
Collins said the report "raises some disturbing concerns about the spread of extremist materials in American mosques and Islamic centers."
"If we are going to win the war on terrorism, these types of actions cannot be tolerated," she said. "It is important that the Saudi Arabian government join us in this fight and stop supporting the spread of ideologies that promote hatred and intolerance around the world."
The Freedom House report cited samples of more than 200 books and other publications from American mosques used to educate its members that preach a "Nazi-like hatred for Jews" and "promote contempt for the United States because it is ruled by legislated civil law rather than by totalitarian Wahhabi-style Islamic law."
One highlighted document, distributed through the Saudi Arabian Embassy's Cultural Department in Washington, is a fatwa against the taking of American citizenship by Muslims and thereby "acquiescing to their infidelity and accepting all their erroneous ways."
It must be fun for liberals to watch all the bloody infighting that's happening on the right these days. But, enjoy it while you can, fellas, because the future belongs to conservatism. Read these numbers and despair, you liberals!I hope so. The declining relevance of the hate-America, divisive wing of the Democratic party is really fun to watch. If they're forced to move to the center and abandon their socialist dreams, all the better."A national analysis of shifts in the black community shows that the move away from the Democratic Party and towards political independence is strongest among young African-American voters. According to a paper titled "The Political Orientations of Young African Americans" by David A. Bositis published in the journal Soul, this year, underwritten by the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University, one quarter of African American voters under the age of 35 now identify as political independents, in contrast to 10% of senior citizens.
The growing trend is broad as well as deep - in 1998 only 5% of African-American voters between the age of 51 and 64 identified as independents, but by 2002 that number increased fourfold to 21%. This analysis shows that 25% of young black voters are self-described conservatives, while 31% are moderates. On education policy, 66% support school vouchers for public, private or parochial school - a major point of policy difference between the Republican and Democratic Party - while nearly 80% favor partial privatization of Social Security. This is in sharp contrast to African-American elected officials in particular, of whom 70% over the age of 40 oppose school vouchers."
Granted the GOP isn't reeling all these black conservatives and moderates into the Party...yet. But, eventually, it will happen. The Democrats can only keep tricking people with their "Republicans hate black people" propaganda for so long. As the GOP continues to reach out to black churches and as more black conservatives become prominent on the right, it'll become harder and harder to keep up the lies.
It may not happen in the next Presidential election or even in the one after that, but eventually the day is going to come when a Republican President will be pulling 25%-35% of the black vote, instead of 8%-12%. When that day comes, today's Democratic Party will have to move significantly to the right on a number of issues to avoid fading into irrelevance.
Conservatives may lose some battles before that day comes, but we will win the ideological war and pull the country to the right.
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I've been putting together some mix CDs that I'm gonna mail to a friend. Just in time for your weekend entertainment, here's Vol. 1 -- get down and boogie!