Testimony of the Mad Arab

January 15th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

(Note: The headline to this post is a Necronomicon joke…)

The cross-eyed, hook-handed terrorist imam Abu Hamza has dropped some pearls of wisdom on us. The classic quotes below come from a videotaped speech he gave, which was reviewed recently as part of his trial for soliciting murder. In the speech, he remarked that the sexy dance moves of John Travolta in the 1970s film Saturday Night Fever have a degenerative influence on the character of young Muslim women. Why the cleric saw a movie from the 70s as current threat to Muslim youth is unknown. I am also uncertain about the meaning of the term “tin monkey”, which he used in another strange utterance, quoted below. From the Daily Telegraph [thanks to WorldNetDaily for pointing this out]:


In a taped address shown to the Old Bailey, the former radical imam of Finsbury Park Mosque, north London, said: “Now you ask a woman, ‘Go, I have a good husband for you.’

“This brother he’s a mujahid [freedom fighter] and she looks at him and says, ‘Oh look, his forehead is black, probably he’s praying’. She likes John Travolta, who is dancing and moving his stomach as quick as the - as I don’t know what - and she likes that because if he was wearing the proper dress which has been imposed on him by Muslims she wouldn’t even think about him.”

He warned that girls would learn new words at school and would look their fathers in the eye and tell them: “I don’t care a tin monkey about you, father.”

Full article here: [LINK]

Woman claims a spider lived in her ear for 27 days

January 15th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

I’ve noticed that some newspapers in continental Europe frequently run stories that seem like they couldn’t possibly be true, and have the feel of an urban legend. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about, from Sweden’s “The Local“. Thanks to Kenneth Skantz for alerting me to this (literally) unbelievable story:

Spider nests in Swedish woman’s ear for 27 days

A spider that nested in the ear of a Swedish woman was discovered and removed alive after 27 days, Swedish tabloid Expressen reported on Wednesday.

The black spider, “the size of a thumbnail”, crept into the woman’s ear while she was sleeping and went undiscovered for almost a month, the paper said.

The woman, whose name was not disclosed, told the paper that she at first experienced “a slight loss of hearing” and assumed that she had a build-up of wax.

But when she heard “a scratching sound” in her ear she decided to go to the pharmacy to buy a cleanser to wash out her ear cavity.

When she did so, the spider was flushed out alive and crawled away. The woman recalled having seen a spider on her bed in November, 27 days earlier.

Q: When she first experienced “hearing loss’ and “assumed that she had a build-up of wax”, why didn’t she get a Q-Tip and take care of it then? Are we to assume that this woman did not clean her ears for 27 days?

Q: How is it that she is able to remember seeing a spider on her bed exactly 27 days earlier? Was seeing a spider on her bed such a memorable event that she marked it on her calendar?

Whether or not there is any truth to this woman’s story, she is definitely a creepy person. A person who doesn’t wash her ears for 27 days is creepy, and so is a woman who would make up a story about a spider living in her ear.

Dumb-ass Droogies ID’d from being “Viddied”

January 15th, 2006 Rico

Police in Florida are negotiating the surrender and arrest of two teenagers who were identified from video as the ones who beat a homeless man with baseball bat size clubs.

[LINK]

The video shows two assailants repeatedly striking a man on the ground. It goes on for quite a while. Another beating the same night resulted in another homeless man’s death. Police very much suspect that the same people are responisible for that crime.

droogies

As more of these “caught on tape” crimes start resulting in arrests, it might start sinking into the feeble brains of punks that they can’t get away with this kind of crap anymore. And it is going to start happening more and more as the security cam infrastructure continues to grow.

Ian Punnett, you are the master!

January 15th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

So I just got through my three-hour interview with Ian Punnett on Coast to Coast AM, a national radio show that has, last time I checked, about 20 million listeners. That’s way more than any of the cable news shows I regularly watch - none of them even break the million barrier. As far as I know, the only reason why nobody else in the media talks about the phenomenon that is Coast to Coast AM, like they talk about Howard Stern or Rush Limbaugh, is because on Coast to Coast they usually talk about “weird” subjects, like the paranormal, conspiracy theories and alternative history. But Coast to Coast is so much more than that, and I have always thought that it deserves more credit from the rest of the media. Besides, no one in the media wants to admit the sad truth: kooky conspiracy theories thrive in modern times because of the MSM’s failure to accurately report both current events, and history. They prefer to leave out the weird parts: that parts that have to do with secret societies, and so-called “occult” ideas. They also prefer to leave out anything that would require them to explain an idea that can’t be encapsulated in a three-word soundbyte. (This is why, once they start lying or omitting - say, about domestic terrorist incidents that have occurred over the last five years - they can’t all of the sudden start telling the truth, because that would require for them to back up and explain what they’ve been omitting all along.)

But even radio requires a person to be able to explain their ideas in short and digestable packets. And that is where I fail. I am very bad at explaining big ideas in a small amount of time, as I did in my interview on Coast to Coast a couple of hours ago. But that is where Ian Punnett, a veteran host of the show, comes in. He is unlike any other interviewer I’ve ever experienced. He pays attention. He reads your material before the show. More importantly, he has the background knowledge to understand it, no matter how arcane. And then - this is the amazing part - he boils it down to its essentials, and explains it in a way that everyone in his audience can understand.

He does that for you. Even if you’re screwing up at explaining your own ideas, he can jump in and explain them for you - just like they came from your own head! Tonight, between the hours of 11p.m. and 2 am. Pacific time, Ian Punnett managed to make me sound way smarter, and way more articulate, than I actually am. So thank you, Ian. Thank you for making it so easy, and so much fun. And thank you for doing so the third time around. That’s right: this is my third time being interviewed by Ian Punnett. He has succeeded in explaining my ideas, and making me sound smart, three times now, on three separate shows, going back to 2001!

I think it has something to do with the fact that Ian Punnett is a Seminary graduate. Because, amazingly, he already knows all this stuff about religion and history! It’s amazing to realize that his day job is this local morning show [LINK], which is a job I’m sure he’s great at, but which I’m equally sure has nothing in common with his Coast to Coast persona. That shows how versatile this man is.

Before the show began, I was dreading it. I was ready to come up with an excuse, to call in sick or say my Grandma died or something. I was just so nervous about explaining the occult nature of the US monetary system, and the history of money, live on the radio with so many listeners. But after I got a couple of hours under my belt, I was ready to go all night. That’s how Ian Punnett manages to make you feel, if you are lucky enough to be a guest on his show.

So if you want to hear the show, here is the link: [LINK]

If you just want to hear me, you can start at hour 2. But if you want to hear how the show began, start with the first hour. I would recommend this, because it included “former professional wrestler and self-proclaimed Vampire, Jonathon ‘the Impaler’ Sharkey, [who] announced his candidacy for Governor of Minnesota on Friday…” Actually, my pal Jason Kesselring of the band Skyeklad alerted me to this person’s campaign several days ago. All I want to know from Jonathan is: what is your view on abortion? Are we cool on drinking aborted fetus blood, or no? And don’t bore me with talk about “Starry Decisis”, or whatever that is…

And what’s this about impaling drug dealers? I find it hard to believe that you found yourself sporting that Ren Faire outfit, and that genuine aluminum pentacle necklace, confessing the viewpoints that you do, without a little bit of help from our good friend Mary Jane, or maybe even our good friend Methostopheles.

Which is not to say I wouldn’t vote for you if given the choice. But I suppose that depends on what the choices were. Then consider the fact that, like the majority of Americans, I have never actually voted in a Governor race. Good luck to you, Jonathan. You deserve at least as much of a shot as Jesse Ventura.

New Article: The Magic and Mystery of America’s Money

January 14th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

I have uploaded a new article that I wrote, The Magic and Mystery of America’s Money. It is an introduction to the subject matter of my book, Solomon’s Treasure. You can read the article here: [LINK]

Tracy Twyman on Coast to Coast AM tomorrow

January 13th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

This announcement is to let you know that I, Tracy Twyman, will be onthe radio show Coast to Coast AM with Ian Punnett tomorrow evening, starting at 10 p.m. Pacific time, to promote my new book, Solomon’s Treasure: The Magic and Mystery of America’s Money.

To find out where the program will be airing in your area, and how to listen online, go to:

[LINK]

To find out more about Solomon’s Treasure, go here:

[LINK]

Also, for some reason the URL plusultrablog.com no longer goes directly to our blog. Until we can fix it, you may wish to use http://2005.dragonkeypress.com/blog/ However, if you go to plusultrablog.com, it will take you to the Dragon Key Press website, and you can just follow the button that says “blog” to find Plus Ultra.

And for anyone who wants to send me an email, go ahead and write to: tracy@2005.dragonkeypress.com

We all miss the Golden Girls, but sometimes life just isn’t fair

January 12th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

Independent Sources has this great story about a protest that took place in Denver against the satellite entertainment network Echostar’s decision to drop the Lifetime Network. A group of “nearly 20″ divorced, man-hating couch potatos gathered at the event, partially organized by a Denver city councilwoman, holding signs that read “Bring back lifetime”, “Lifetime helps women and families”, and my personal favorite, “I miss the Golden Girls.”

If you’d like to listen to the Golden Girls theme song again, for old time’s sake, you can do so here: [LINK]

Dorothy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia.

All these trees and plants are ruining the environment

January 12th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

Guess what? Plants produce “greenhouse gasses”! Who’d have thought of putting “plant” and “greenhouse” in the same sentence? From Alok Jha at The Guardian:

Global warming: blame the forests

They have long been thought of as the antidote to harmful greenhouse gases, sufferers of, rather than contributors to, the effects of global warming. But in a startling discovery, scientists have realised that plants are part of the problem.

According to a study published today, living plants may emit almost a third of the methane entering the Earth’s atmosphere.

The result has come as a shock to climate scientists. “This is a genuinely remarkable result,” said Richard Betts of the climate change monitoring organisation the Hadley Centre. “It adds an important new piece of understanding of how plants interact with the climate.”

I thought the reason why humans and their livestock were ruining the “environment” was because we’re cutting down too many trees and consuming too many plants. In fact, I thought plants and trees were the environmentalists’ definition of “the environment.” So what is exactly is the “environment” that we’re trying to preserve, and who decides what the perfect “environment” is? It seems the plants like it hot. They aren’t complaining.

Full story here: [LINK]

Judas the Scapegoat

January 12th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

In my lengthy essay called The Judas Goat (which can be read in the book The Arcadian Mystique: the Best of Dagobert’s Revenge Magazine), I explored the symbolism of the Judas, and how the role he played, alongside that of Jesus, made him a sacrifice as well. In the context of the Jewish Yom Kippur ritual, Jesus could be thought of as playing the role of the Goat of Atonement, who is killed to pay for the sins of the Jews each year. Meanwhile, Judas could be seen as playing the role of the Scapegoat, on whom the curses created by those sins are placed. He is then cast into the wilderness to die of whatever comes first (starvation, predators, etc.) The point is that the goat takes the curses of sin away from the community.

Ever since the crucifixion, Judas has been the focal point of blame for the death of Christ. Moreover, as I explained in my essay, he has, throughout history, been seen as an excuse for anti-Semitism. Judas has been portrayed by many writers as representative of the “Jews” who, these anti-Semites believed, were responsible as a race for the execution of Jesus.

Christian tradition has since held that Judas is one of people in history whom we can assume will be in Hell forever. Indeed, there was at one point a tradition holding that when Jesus died, he freed all of the souls that were already there, and when Judas arrived he found himself to be the the only one there. However, if this were the case, it would certainly seem unfair, since indeed, Judas’ “betrayal” of Christ was a necessary vehicle to bring about the redemptive sacrifice upon which Christianity is based. And Judas cannot be faulted for his behavior. The Gospels describe Jesus invoking a demonic spirit into a piece of bread and then giving it to Judas to eat. Judas then becomes possessed by the demon and, with further instructions from Jesus to “do what you must do”, goes off to fulfill his sad destiny.

So of course, it would not seem “fair” to send Judas to Hell for fulfilling his destiny. But that may in fact be part of his destiny. If Jesus is going to be the Goat of Atonement, and pay the price for the sins of mankind (physical death on Earth), someone must still take the
blame for those sins (being cast into Hell). Since Christ is blameless, that leaves Judas as the Scapegoat. Furthermore, someone must take the blame for killing the Goat of Atonement too. As I explained in my article, this is a common theme surrounding ritual sacrifice in ancient cultures. Some unlucky person is often picked to do the job of the sacrifice, and is then ostracized from the community.

I am analyzing the issue on a purely symbolic and mytho-poetic basis, of course, and I am not making theological declarations here. But the Vatican is. They are finally changing their position on Judas. From Richard Owen at the Times of London we read:

Judas the Misunderstood

JUDAS ISCARIOT, the disciple who betrayed Jesus with a kiss, is to be given a makeover by Vatican scholars.

The proposed “rehabilitation” of the man who was paid 30 pieces of silver to identify Jesus to Roman soldiers in the Garden of Gethsemane, comes on the ground that he was not deliberately evil, but was just “fulfilling his part in God’s plan”.

Christians have traditionally blamed Judas for aiding and abetting the Crucifixion, and his name is synonymous with treachery. According to St Luke, Judas was “possessed by Satan”.

Now, a campaign led by Monsignor Walter Brandmuller, head of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Science, is aimed at persuading believers to look kindly at a man reviled for 2,000 years.

Mgr Brandmuller told fellow scholars it was time for a “re-reading” of the Judas story. He is supported by Vittorio Messori, a prominent Catholic writer close to both Pope Benedict XVI and the late John Paul II.

Signor Messori said that the rehabilitation of Judas would “resolve the problem of an apparent lack of mercy by Jesus toward one of his closest collaborators”.

The full story can be read here: [LINK]

Hajj stampede: doesn’t this happen every year?

January 12th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

I can’t seem to remember a year in which there wasn’t a deadly stampede associated with the Hajj. From the AP:

Death Toll Rises to 345 in Hajj Stampede

MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) - Thousands of Muslim pilgrims rushing to complete a symbolic stoning ritual during the hajj tripped over luggage Thursday, causing a crush in which at least 345 people were killed, the Interior Ministry said.

The stampede occurred as tens of thousands of pilgrims headed toward al-Jamarat, a series of three pillars representing the devil that the faithful pelt with stones to purge themselves of sin.

Full story here: [LINK]

Thou shalt not covet thy patient’s vagina

January 10th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

This guy has apparently been staring at vaginas for so long, he’s convinced himself that he needs one of his own:

Doctor to have sex change operation

A hospital medical director and consultant gynaecologist has revealed that he is undergoing a sex change.

Dr Colin Bone, 60, who works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, is taking extended leave later this year for a gender reassignment operation. He plans to return to the hospital in the same professional roles in the autumn, when he will be known as Miss Celia Macleod.

Dr Bone, who has has already begun hormone treatment, said he had the full support of his wife, Gloria, with whom he will continue to live, and his 27-year-old son, a London-based lawyer. He decided to have the operation after suffering years of anguish as he came to terms with being transsexual. Dr Bone said: “As far as my patients are concerned, I will be carrying on as normal.”

Full article: [LINK]

“Independent” Judge Gives Child Rapist 60 Day Term

January 10th, 2006 Rico

Next time you hear or read someone earnestly pleading that we need an “independent” judiciary system, please remember this story:

Mark Hulett, who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a young girl over a four-year period, was given a sentence of three years to life, with all but 60 days of the prison time suspended if he entered treatment and abided by other terms of his sentence.

The “independent” judge; Judge Edward Cashman of Burlington (Vermont) District Court.

Da Vinci Code paperback comes out

January 10th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

From the AP:

‘The Da Vinci Code’ Coming in Paperback

NEW YORK — At last, “The Da Vinci Code” is coming out in paperback.

Dan Brown’s historical thriller was published nearly three years ago and has so sold well, for so long, that publisher Doubleday didn’t bother releasing a paperback. But in anticipation of the film version, scheduled for May 19 and starring Tom Hanks, 5 million paperback copies will be published March 28.

“Given the tremendous excitement about the film version of `The Da Vinci Code,’ and the requests to have the book in paperback from our customers as well as the consumer, we decided the time was right to release the paperback editions,” Doubleday spokeswoman Suzanne Herz said Monday.

March 28 will also mark the paperback debut of the novel’s million-selling illustrated edition. Upon the film’s release, Doubleday will publish “`The Da Vinci Code’ Illustrated Screenplay,” featuring introductions by Dan Brown and director Ron Howard.

“The Da Vinci Code” has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. It was No. 2 last weekend on The New York Times’ hardcover fiction list.

Bomb left in San Francisco Starbucks

January 9th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

Bomb defused at Starbucks on Van Ness

A San Francisco Starbucks is closed this afternoon after police defused a bomb placed in the bathroom.

Police received a call reporting a suspicious package at the coffee house, located at 1401 Van Ness Ave., at 1:15 p.m. The police explosives ordinance unit defused an improvised explosive device, or IED, around 2 p.m., Sgt. Neville Gittens said.

Gittens said he could not comment on the size or type of device found or on its potential explosive capacity. A police investigation is ongoing.

Full story here: [LINK]

Update: The “bomb” turned out to be a flashlight with corroded batteries. But not to worry, justice was not miscarried. The “suspicious character” who left the flashlight at Starbucks was detained on an unrelated drug charge…

Why We Can’t Trust Scientists with the Important Stuff

January 8th, 2006 Rico

We’ve all seen movies where a bunch of scientists are going to get together and take control of a world government and run the world according to science and save us from our stupid irrational destructive selves…

Well, in those movies, the scientists always fail, don’t they?. It’s a good thing, too. Look what might happen if they really did take control…

Scientists say soccer’s the most exciting [LINK]

It’s official — soccer’s been the most exciting sport for the last 100 years — but baseball’s catching up…

…That’s the finding of a team of American scientists…

Creepy, huh? There’s a reason these nerds get beat up in school.

Harvey Family and Baskerville/Tucker Family Murders; 2 Men Arrested and Charged

January 8th, 2006 Rico

…Two men, Ray Joseph Dandridge and his uncle, Ricky “Cooley” Gevon Gray, both 28, have been arrested and charged in the murders of 7 people in two Richmond VA area families…

[LINK]

Blogs “HyScience” and “Riehl World View” are posting developments.

…Dandridge had been released from James River Correctional Center in November after serving a 10-year term for robbery and use of a firearm…

Reihl World View has this link to a web page belonging to an inmate named Ray Dandridge doing time for robbery in “JRCC, State Farm Virginia” with a release date of 11/15/05: [LINK]

So far, haven’t seen any pics of Uncle Ricky.

Inspiring Bible quote #3

January 7th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

Today’s inspiring Bible quote comes from Numbers 15: 32-36:

And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.

And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.

And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.

And the LORD said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.

And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the LORD commanded Moses.

Modern performance artist continues the Dada tradition

January 6th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

Duchamp’s “Fountain.”

From the AP:

Artist Accused of Vandalizing Urinal

PARIS: A 76-year-old performance artist was arrested after attacking Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” _ a porcelain urinal _ with a hammer, police said.

Duchamp’s 1917 piece _ an ordinary white, porcelain urinal that’s been called one of the most influential works of modern art _ was slightly chipped in the attack at the Pompidou Center in Paris, the museum said Thursday. It was removed from the exhibit for repair.

The suspect, a Provence resident whose identity was not released, already vandalized the work in 1993 _ urinating into the piece when it was on display in Nimes, in southern France, police said.

During questioning, the man claimed his hammer attack on Wednesday was a work of performance art that might have pleased Dada artists. The early 20th-century avant-garde movement was the focus of the exhibit that ends Monday, police said.

A 2004 poll of 500 arts figures ranked “Fountain” as the most influential work of modern art _ ahead of Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” Andy Warhol’s screen prints of Marilyn Monroe and “Guernica,” Picasso’s depiction of war’s devastation.

“Fountain” is estimated at $3.6 million.

I definitely think the performance artist deserves at least as much credit as the original artist. For all we know, his pissing into it in 1993 raised the value of the object to its current price.

“Youths” will be “youths”….

January 5th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

So what’s been happening with the French intifada lately? From the AFP:

Gang terrorizes train in France

PARIS — A gang of more than 20 youths — thought to be North African immigrants — terrorized hundreds of train passengers in a rampage of violence, robbery and sexual assault on New Year’s Day, French officials said yesterday.
The five-hour-long criminal frenzy was “totally unacceptable,” French President Jacques Chirac told reporters. “Those guilty will be found and punished, as they deserve.”
The gang of between 20 and 30 youths boarded the train, heading from Nice on the French Riviera to Lyon, in eastern France, early on Jan. 1, as it carried 600 passengers home from New Year’s Eve partying overnight.
Once inside, they went wild, forcing passengers to hand over mobile phones and wallets, and slashing seats and breaking windows.
A 20-year-old woman cornered by several of the marauders was sexually molested.
“It was a real scene of pillage on the train,” said the regional state prosecutor, Dominique Luigi, adding that the passengers were in a state of “panic.”

I can’t but wonder why 30 “youths”, armed with knives, at most, were able to terrorize 600 people for five hours, with no one defending themselves or helping to defend their fellow passengers. I also wonder why police were only able to catch six of them. Here’s why:

The train resumed its journey with the heavy police presence on board but, just before Marseille, the youths pulled the emergency stop and many escaped.

Only three — two 19-year-old Moroccans and a minor, all living in France — were arrested. Both men were being held for robbery and one also was facing charges of sexual assault. The minor was to be judged separately.

Three others — a man and two boys — were arrested briefly in Marseille but were released despite reports they were carrying a knife, a screwdriver and a small amount of hashish.

So they managed to intimidate 600 people into total submission with fists and pocket knives, then managed to escape a team of police by pulling the emergency break. Better surrender now and get it over with, France.

Full article here: [LINK]

Also, read commentary on this from No Pasaran: [LINK]

Pat Robertson chimes in

January 5th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

Pat Robertson, who likes to analyze all tragic news events with the question: “What did these people do to incur God’s punishment?”, has offered his own theory on why the Prime Minister of Israel is having health problems. From the AFP:


As the Israeli prime minister battled for life, Robertson seemed to suggest to viewers on his “700 Club” television show that Sharon was being punished for his policies in Gaza and the West Bank.

“The prophet Joel makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who, quote, ‘divide my land.’ God considers this land to be his.

“You read the Bible, he says, ‘This is my land.’ And for any prime minister of Israel who decides he’s going carve it up and give it away, God says, ‘No. This is mine.’”

Robertson, who frequently provokes outrage with his remarks, said he was “sad” to see Sharon fall sick, and that he was a “very likeable person.”

“I prayed with him personally. But here he is at the point of death. He was dividing God’s land, and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU, the United Nations or the United States of America.”

“God said, ‘This land belongs to me, you better leave it alone.’”

OK, Pat, so what did all the other men who have died or had a stroke in their late seventies do to deserve God’s wrath?

Ahmadinejad to Sharon: Drop Dead

January 5th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

From the AP:

“Hopefully, the news that the criminal of Sabra and Chatilla has joined his ancestors is final,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency.”

Careful what you wish for, Mahmoud.

Full article here: [LINK]

Ariel Sharon suffers second stroke, brain hemmorage, may never recover

January 4th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

Sharon suffers severe stroke, brain hemmorage. Second stroke in three weeks. Sources say he “may never recover”: [LINK]

Deputy Prime Minister (and lefty disengagement proponent) Ehud Olmert has been sworn in as acting Prime Minister: [LINK]

Netanyahu is waiting for his chance to pounce: [LINK]

And so are Israel’s enemies: [LINK]

Teens busted with mega Jesus cache

January 4th, 2006 Tracy Twyman

You’ve heard of geo-caching, but have you heard of Jesus-caching?

These kids in Sayreville, New Jersey, were collecting baby Jesuses and other religious icons from nativity scenes in their neighbors’ yards, purportedly with the intention of having a large bonfire at the end. They managed to collect 25 baby Jesuses before they got caught. Here’s a photo of their mega Jesus cache in the police evidence room:

As the pastor at a local church commented: ” . . . the world is sorely in need of Jesus, and a lot of people go about getting him the wrong way.”

Read the news article here: [LINK]

OFTLOGCYPS Award!

January 3rd, 2006 Rico

Looks like a busy year ahead for the OFTLOGCYPS awards. Another winner!

The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has apparently succeeded in getting Comedy Central to yank the scheduled repeat of the Dec. 7 season finale of South Park, titled “Bloody Mary”. [LINK]. Something they didn’t like about references to the Holy Mother of God’s visit from her Aunt Trudy, we don’ t know.

[Guess they weren’t that offended by the season’s opening episode, “Mr. Garrison’s Fancy New Vagina”. But then, Mr. Garrison’s vagina isn’t holy, just “fancy”. Ed.]

Big “ups” to Comedy Central for taking the principled strategy of wilting. In place of the South Park episode, maybe they can run some highlights of Jon Stewart mugging for himself in the monitor. Y’know the kind of “edgy” humor that made their name.

Congratulations to the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, 2006’s third OFTLOGCYPS winner!

Bizarre Ugandan war cult’s atrocities continue

January 3rd, 2006 Tracy Twyman

From Christianity Today:

Deliver Us from Kony
Why the children of Uganda are killing one another in the name of the Lord.

The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is one of the larger terrorist organizations in the world. It has killed more people than many other violent groups, yet few Westerners have ever heard of it, since nearly all its violence is perpetrated in the border region between Uganda and Sudan in East Africa.

On a continent plagued with endless guerilla warfare, where war crimes are standard fighting fare, the LRA stands apart as an especially odious group. LRA crimes against humanity are so repulsive that its only former ally, the Islamic government of Sudan, jettisoned its relationship with the LRA to improve Sudan’s international relations. (Credible sources in Uganda insist Sudan still supplies weapons to the LRA, however.)

What began in 1986 as a rebellion against the Ugandan government has metamorphosed into a military millenarian cult. Its reason for existence is to perpetuate the power of its leader, a ruthless witchcraft practitioner named Joseph Kony.

He claims to be fighting Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni’s government on behalf of the ethnic Acholi people, who populate the nation’s three northernmost districts of Kitgum, Gulu, and Pader. The Acholi have a longstanding grievance with the more prosperous southern Ugandans, much of it rooted in 19th-century British colonial policies that favored southerners in education and business, while relegating the Acholi to army service. However, the LRA attacks the Acholi, the very people they claim to defend, far more often than the Ugandan military.

Kony, 41, envisions an Acholiland ruled by a warped interpretation of the Ten Commandments. He uses passages from the Pentateuch to justify mutilation and murder. He promotes a demonic spirituality crafted from an eclectic mix of Christianity, Islam, and African witchcraft.

Any resemblance to these religions is superficial: While the army observes rituals such as praying the rosary and bowing toward Mecca, there is no prescribed theology in the conventional sense. Kony’s beliefs are a haphazard mix from the Bible and the Qur’an, tailored around his wishful thinking, personal desires, and practical needs of the moment. Jesus is the Son of God. But instead of saving the world from sin through his sacrificial love on the Cross, he is a source of power employed for killing those who oppose Kony. The Holy Spirit is not the Divine Comforter, but one who directs Kony’s tactical military decisions.

Despite dabbling in the Bible and the Qur’an, Kony’s real spiritual obsession is witchcraft. He burns toy military vehicles and figurines to predict the course of battles from their burn patterns. He uses reptiles in magic rituals to sicken those who anger him or to detect traitors in his midst. He claims to receive military direction from spirits of dead men from different countries, including Americans. He teaches that an impending apocalypse will usher in “The Silent World,” where only primitive weapons, such as machetes and clubs, will bring victory.

Brutality, Terror

Sadly, reports of LRA savagery are not isolated incidents. The children I interviewed in Uganda and southern Sudan who escaped LRA captivity, along with thousands of documented cases, demonstrate that these monstrosities are standard operating procedure. Nearly 90 percent of LRA fighters are enslaved children, kidnapped from their families. [Editor’s warning: The rest of this section contains graphic descriptions of brutality.]

Under threat of death, LRA child soldiers attack villages, shooting and cutting off people’s lips, ears, hands, feet, or breasts, at times force-feeding the severed body parts to victims’ families. Some cut open the bellies of pregnant women and tear their babies out. Men and women are gang-raped. As a warning to those who might report them to Ugandan authorities, they bore holes in the lips of victims and padlock them shut. Victims are burned alive or beaten to death with machetes and clubs. The murderous task is considered properly executed only when the victim is mutilated beyond recognition and his or her blood spatters the killer’s clothing.

Read the whole article. It’s amazing: [LINK]

Christian TV program cancelled to please Islam

January 3rd, 2006 Tracy Twyman

OK, I swear that I don’t sit down each morning to blog and look for stories about Muslims to post. That just happens to be what the news stories are about every day: either Muslims killing non-Muslims, or killing other Muslims who aren’t radical enough for them, or intimidating the non-Muslim world into tip-toeing around the issue of Muslim radicalism. Now none other than the Protestant Christian-run “Trinity Broadcasting Network” is giving in: self-censoring so as not to offend Muslims. Of course, it seems silly, considering the fact that merely having a Christian television broadcast is already inherently offensive to Muslims. But now they’ve gone and canceled the only show I ever watched on that channel: Hal Lindsey’s “International Intelligence Briefing.” This was a weekly news program analyzing current events in the light of biblical prophecy, and it was actually quite a serious program. It wasn’t rabid or hysterical, and it certainly wasn’t racist. However, he did talk about Muslim terrorism a lot, and about the historic struggle between the descendants of Isaac and the descendants of Ishmael. The program has been running for the last twelve years, and imagine that it was one of TBN’s more popular shows.

Well, now TBN, after first lying for three weeks about why they cancelled the show, are now admitting that they were afraid Hal Lindsey was offending Muslims! Here’s an article about the issue, from WorldNetDaily. A quote:

Hal Lindsey, considered the best-selling non-fiction writer alive today, has notified the Trinity Broadcasting Network he will not return to his twice-weekly Christian commentary program, “The International Intelligence Briefing,” because of what he considers to be efforts to muzzle his opinions about radical Islam.

Lindsey, author of “The Late Great Planet Earth” and many other best-selling books and a weekly columnist for WND, has anchored the program for the last 12 years on the world’s largest Christian network.

The announcement follows an abrupt six-week suspension of the popular TBN-sponsored program by Jan Crouch, TBN’s vice president for programming.

Though John Casoria, TBN’s general counsel first told WorldNetDaily the show’s suspension was simply a traditional hiatus in lieu of seasonal programming, that statement was later revised to confirm that the network believed Lindsey’s program “placed Arabs in a negative light.”

Lindsey responded to this allegation: “I don’t have to cast radical Muslims in a bad light. If the intimidation and persecution of moderate Muslims makes radical Islam look bad, that is because it is bad – not that I ‘cast’ them in a bad light. But I have never cast the Arabs as a race in a bad light.”

OK, so it seems that Muslims are killing and persecuting non-Muslims on a daily basis does not put Muslims in a bad light, but reporting that these things are happening is putting them in a bad light….

So I guess this really is the end of the world. When Christian TV channels are afraid of offending Muslims, that means there’s no one left to stand up against the onslaught. I assume that when the anti-Christ comes, they won’t want to criticize him for fear of offending Satanists, right?

Well, now that I have no reason to ever watch TBN again, let me get a few things off my chest, with an open letter to TBN:

Dear TBN:

When I first heard that you had cancelled the International Intelligence Briefing, I assumed that it was for financial reasons. That is, I assumed that Hal Lindsey’s program wasn’t making enough money for your network. After all, it was the only show on your channel for which the last ten minutes of each broadcast did not consist of some fat lady in a flowery dress with caked on hairspray and racoon makeup, tears and mascara streaming down her face as she begs you to give your heart to Christ and, oh yeah, send the network a “love gift”, for which you will receive, in exchange, some plastic piece of crap with an image of Jesus on it. Indeed, it was the only show on your channel that treated its viewers like they were thinking entities, and actually talked about the contents of the Bible with thoughtful analysis. Everything else you show is about “Christian-flavor” pop psychology and self-help, aimed towards those who are both extremely ignorant and emotionally needy. You tell these people that their pathetic lives will change if only they will become a “TBN partner” by taking on a monthly obligation to support your network financially. But I doubt if Hal Lindsey’s show ever resulted in many “love gifts” for your network, because he spent absolutely no time on each show laying on guilt or promising to solve the audience’s emotional problems.

Yet now I hear that you really cancelled the International Intelligence Briefing because you were afraid that it was offending Muslims. I’m confused. Is it now the “Interfaith Broadcasting Network”? How many “love gifts” have you received from Muslims around the world? Indeed, how many letters did you receive from Muslims complaining about the content of Hal Lindsey’s show? How many Muslims watch TBN, for Christ’s sake?

Perhaps some market research would be in order for your network.

Sincerely,

Tracy Twyman

Two typical TBN stars, w/ typical hair and make-up.

Typical piece of crap you receive in exchange for a love gift.

Career Opportunities: Palestinian Car Inspector

January 2nd, 2006 Rico

On a thread at Little Green Footballs, poster Kilgore Trout has shared this tip:

Go to yahoo pics and search “inspect car”

Or, just use the link below.

[LINK]

Local Australian government bans Australian flag under threats from Muslims

January 2nd, 2006 Tracy Twyman

From Amy Coopes at news.com.au:

Council bans Australian flag

THE New South Wales Government has urged a Sydney beachside council to rethink its decision not to fly the Australian flag over the iconic Bondi Pavilion amid suggestions the move was inspired by racial tensions.

Full story here: [LINK]

But did they remember to wipe with the left hand?

January 2nd, 2006 Tracy Twyman

Revenge for abuse of Al Holy Koran at GITMO:

Bible used as toilet paper by Palestinian terrorists?

Islamic Babe Watch, Ah-Ah-Burqini!

January 2nd, 2006 Rico

burqini

Ooh, humma, humma, umma. Too hot! [LINK]

Look out, Bikini Open girls! [LINK]

BBC finally notices wave of Jew hate they’ve been helping to spread

January 1st, 2006 Tracy Twyman

From the BBC:

Warning of ‘anti-Semitic tsunami’
Jonathan Sacks - Britain’s chief rabbi Sir Jonathan blamed prime time TV and best-selling books

Globalisation had led some people to wrongly see Israel as the cause of all the world’s conflicts, he told BBC Radio 4’s Sunday Programme.

Holocaust denial and hatred of Jews were circulating widely in best-selling books and prime time TV, he warned.

Islamic militants have used Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to rally support for their violent campaigns.

The chief rabbi however, pointed out that wars in Chechnya, the Philippines and Indonesia would be happening even if Israel did not exist.

Full story here: [LINK]

Announcing First OFTLOGCYPS Award Winners

January 1st, 2006 Rico

Hey, what better time of the year to start a brand new “award”?

Starting today, and continuing whenever it’s deserved, Plus Ultra will bestow an OFTLOGCYPS award to whichever religious mau-mau group is currently trying to censor objectionable depicitions of their various deities and/or scriptural icons. The OFTLOGCYPS (pron: Oft’-log-kips) is an acronym for “Oh For The Love Of God Can You Please Shadaaaaaap”.

Actually we should start this award by reaching back to last year and acknowledging the Muslim pressure groups (including ambassadors) who are in a state of frenzy over the Mohammed cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.

Today we honor AIMLA- the All India Minorities Lawyers’ Association, for trying to pressure the Indian government into changing a movie about the Taj Mahal. [LINK] which “has distorted history … and the portrayal of characters are simply not in accordance with Muslim culture and sentiments.”

And, not to be left out, here in the U.S., some are unhappy about a planned TV show “The Book of Daniel”, starring a preacher who talks to Jesus a lot. The group, (mysteriously not mentioned by name in this article but identified in this article as the American Family Association) is also upset with the character’s addiction to painkillers, his alcoholic wife, a drug dealing daughter and his gay son. [This premise seems to be taken from the old joke about a guy who tries to use someone else’s urine for a drug test. The only one left out so far is the mangy dog. - Ed.]

So, congratulations to the first recipients of the OFTLOGCYPS award. We are sure many more deserving persons/groups will likewise distinguish themselves in the coming year.