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A funny list of dumb laws in the United States – Arizona

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2007

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=== News Update ===

A funny list of dumb laws in the United StatesArizona

• A man can legally beat his wife, but not more than once a month.
• Any misdemeanor committed while wearing a red mask is considered a felony (This goes back in the days of the Wild West).
• Cards may not be played in the street with a Native American.
• Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs.
• Due to a typographical error in the Tempe, Ariz., code, a shooting range can be run by the “Amateur Crapshooting Association.”
• Glendale: Cars may not be driven in reverse.
• Hayden: If you bother the cottontails or bullfrogs, you will be fined.
• Hunting camels is prohibited.
• In 1985, an Arizona legislator proposed that each candidate for the legislature take a reading and an I.Q. test three months before the election. The scores would have been posted on the ballot, had the bill passed. But a majority of legislators, for whatever reason, voted it down.
• In Arizona it is illegal to take naked photographs before noon on Sunday.
• It is illegal for men and women over the age of 18 to have less than one missing tooth visible when smiling.
• It is illegal to hunt camels in the state of Arizona.
• It is unlawful to refuse a person a glass of water.
• Maricopa County: No more than six girls may live in any house.
• Mesa: It is illegal to smoke cigarettes within 15 feet of a public place unless you have a Class 12 liqueur license.
• Mohave County: A decree declares that anyone caught stealing soap must wash himself with it until it is all used up.
• Nogales: An ordinance prohibits the wearing of suspenders.
• Oral sex is considered to be sodomy.
• Prescott: No one is permitted to ride their horse up the stairs of the county court house.
• There is a possible 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus.
• Tucson: Women may not wear pants.
• When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person posseses.
• When being attacked by a criminal or burglar, you may only protect yourself with the same weapon that the other person possesses.
• You may not have more than two dildos in a house.

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 4 November 2007

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 4 November 2007

Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice. http://www.freearabvoice.org

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  • Resistance ambush destroys three US supply trucks west of ar-Ramadi.
  • Resistance group announces destruction of Humvee east of ar-Ramadi.
  • Resistance bomb destroys US Humvee near al-Baghdadi Sunday afternoon.
  • US, puppet troops arrest one person from each family in al-Kubaysah Saturday evening.
  • US claims one more “non-combat death” in occupied Iraq.
  • Resistance bomb targets puppet “Shock Troop” patrol in Baghdad.
  • US admits Resistance bomb kills one more American soldier in Salah ad-Din Province Saturday.
  • Car bomb kills four puppet policemen in Samarra’ Sunday.
  • Hibhib. Resistance fighters kill seven pro-American Peshmergah gunmen.

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Hanging Ten on a water-board – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, SHOW!

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Hanging Ten on a water-board – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, SHOW!

Stephen P. Pizzo

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November 4, 2007

There seem to be folks on the right who remain unclear on the concept ­ not the least among them, Attorney General nominee, Michael Mukasey.

But first let’s see how humanity has chosen to describe something that does qualify as torture:

Websters:

Torture is any action taken against another person that causes, “anguish of body or mind agony: something that causes agony or pain. Anguish: “extreme pain, distress, or anxiety.”

The International Red Cross:

Torture: existence of a specific purpose plus intentional infliction of severe suffering or pain;

MedTerms medical dictionary:

Torture: An act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person, for a purpose such as obtaining information or a confession, punishment, intimidation or coercion…”

Let the learning begin!

And what better place to hold water-boarding demonstrations than a well ­ the well of House and the well of the US Senate.

Proponents who claim water-boarding is not torture because it “causes no physical injuries, leaves no marks and causes no permanent harm,” should therefore have no problem, right? Climb on the water-board and take a spin.

But, there’s more than just a quick demo. For this demonstration to be useful it must be a genuine interrogation in every way possible. That means not only using the same equipment used at Gitmo and other secret interrogation centers, but the same assumptions. Those the CIA water-board are assumed to know something useful or to possess secrets.

So the members of Congress and administration who agree to be water-boarded must also be assumed to hold a secret. Otherwise it’s not an interrogation. Since it has to be an incriminating secret let’s make it so.

“Have you ever cheated on your spouse?”

Maybe none of them ever cheated on their spouse, just as some of the people the CIA have water-boarded were not terrorists after all. But hey, guilty people always deny guilt when first asked, so one must ask repeatedly, water-board them repeatedly until they cough up the assumption(s) ­ true or otherwise.

Here’s how I imagine these demonstration sessions would go:

Senator Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is strapped to a water-board in the well of the Senate. Interrogators lay a terry cloth towel over his face, lean the board back and begin pouring copious amounts of water over the towel. As the towel becomes soaked Senator McConnell finds it impossible to breathe. He coughs, then starts choking. He tries to turn his head to each side but blocks prevent it. He struggles but his hands and legs are strapped to the board. He suddenly realizes he’s on for the full ride.
Just as the Senator appears ready to black out, the two interrogators remove the towel and raise the board. A doctor checks the Senators’ pulse and blood pressure. In a couple of seconds McConnell is coughing, spitting and breathing again.
The senator opens his eyes showing real panic as they dart from side to side.
Interrogator: “Have you ever cheated on your wife?.”
Sen. McConnell: “No, no, really, I never did. Never did. So, fine. I see how it works. Now please untie me.”
Interrogator: “Ah, not in the mood to talk yet. Okay, have it your way, Senator. Jack, lower the board again.”
Sen. McConnell: “Whoa fellas! Not again. No. Wait. Please wait. Okay. Fine. Yes, yes, sure I cheated. Yep I did. Now untie me.”
Interrogator: “Not so fast, partner. All you’ve told us so far is that ­ as we suspected ­ you cheated on your wife. Now we need to know how many times and with whom.”
Sen. McConnell: “Okay guys, this has gone far enough. I get the point. It’s torture. People will say anything to get you to stop. Okay. I get it. Whatya want me to say and I’ll say it. Now let me off this damn board.”
Interrogator: Oh, I wish it was that easy, Senator. But when we water-board suspected terrorists we are told we must connect the dots. You remember connecting the dots, don’t you? If we let everyone off for giving us a nugget or two, well, that wouldn’t do at all, now would it? We have to finish our interrogation. Now, one more time Senator, how many times did you cheat and we want names.”
Senator McConnell: “Never and with nobody. This is stupid!. I just said that so you’d untie me.”
Interrogator: “Okay Jack, lower the board.”
Senator McConnell: No, no, NO! Wait. Okay. Many times. More than I can count. You wanna know with who? Okay, I did Madeline Albright, Helen Keller, Mother Teresa, (twice, missionary position, of course,) ­ Ophra, Jackie Kennedy…. ah, all the DC Madams’ hookers and, one night ­ while Larry Craig and I were out drinking ­ a strangely attractive ewe.
Now, let me go!
The Senator is released.
“None of what I said was true,” McConnell shouts when free. “None of that would stand up in a court of law.”
The interrogator slaps his assistant on the back and laughs.
“A trial? Ha. We don’t need no stinkin’ trials in our line of work, Senator. Okay, who’s up next?”

Of course, I could be wrong. Maybe McConnell, Mukasey and others who doubt that water-boarding is torture might take repeating dousings without spelling any beans, true or otherwise. And, when their interrogators finally give up, they’ll hop off the table and declare their faces have never felt more fresh and clean. Some might even cut back in line for a second ride.

If that happens I’ll happily admit I was wrong ­ water-boarding isn’t torture after all.

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Christian/Jewish Fascism Awareness Week

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Christian/Jewish Fascism Awareness Week

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by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

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Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Rightwing U.S. Christians and Jews continue to escalate their anti-Muslim jihad, bent on waging endless war against a billion of the world’s people. The most frenzied promulgator of fatwas against all things Islamic is professional propagandist David Horowitz, funded to the tune of $15 million by Hard Right corporations and think tanks “to promote a white supremacist, pro-war agenda.” Horowitz has declared October 22nd to 26th “Islamo-Fascist Awareness Week,” buttressing the Bush regime’s claim that Muslim fundamentalism – as interpreted by the Christian-Jewish Right – is the moral and historical equivalent of Nazism. Senior columnist Margaret Kimberley suggests a counter-event: “Christian/Jewish Fascism Awareness Week.”

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“They believe in endless wars of aggression, the destruction of the last vestiges of civil liberties, and subservience to a corporate power.”

Right wing propagandist David Horowitz has declared October 22nd through October 26th Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week. Horowitz is one of the biggest beneficiaries of right wing welfare, mostly from the hands of ultra-conservative foundations run by the Scaife and Bradley families. He has received more than $15 million in handouts to promote a white supremacist, pro-war agenda.

The current Horowitz obsession is focused on Islam and on keeping Americans whipped into a frenzy of fear and hatred against all Muslims. The very term Islamo-Fascism is a cynical creation of neoconservatives, designed to insure blind adherence to the Bush war on terror scheme.

The biggest perpetrators of terrorist acts are and always have been governments, not individuals of any religion. When the United States refers to “state sponsored” terror, it must be looking in the mirror. War is the very worst act of terror that can be practiced, giving governments permission to kill and commit brutal atrocities that would be loudly condemned if committed by individuals.

“Horowitz obsession is focused on Islam and on keeping Americans whipped into a frenzy of fear and hatred against all Muslims.”

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If the world’s major religions are compared in terms of body count, it is clear that Islam should not be seen as the enemy. The two nations now in the fifth year of a plan to commit wars of aggression in the Middle East are Israel and the United States. If there should be warnings about particular religions and allegations of fascist connections, the perpetrators are Christianity and Judaism, not Islam.

It is manifestly unfair to label entire groups based on the behavior of a few. The Israeli lobby actively promotes war, but it can’t be said that all American Jews are themselves pro-war. Around the world Bush is seen as the bogeyman representative of American Christianity. Many Christians may resent the verdict of guilt by association, but they would do well to remember that Muslims are also entitled to make their own pleas of individual innocence.

Instead Muslims are called upon to denounce any act of brutality committed by another Muslim, and to defend their religion from slanderous attacks. What is good for the Muslim goose, should also be good for the Christian and Jewish ganders. Therefore, October 22nd to October 26th in the year 2007 should also be known as Christian/Jewish Fascism Awareness Week.

“Around the world Bush is seen as the bogeyman representative of American Christianity.”

The lawyers who wrote memos defending torture are all Jews and Christians, so are the members of Congress who advocate for endless warfare. All of the neocons who spent years plotting the occupation of Iraq and now the destruction of Iran are Christians or Jews. None are Muslim, nor are they atheist, agnostic, Baha’i, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, Hindu, or practitioners of Voodoo. All attend churches and synagogues and in fact brag about their religious piety.

Norman Podhoretz, father of neocondom, said of the prospect of bombing Iran, “I hope and pray we will….” Crackpot preacher Rev. John Hagee founded Christians United for Israel, whose sole reason for existing is to guarantee the killing of thousands of Iranians. Hagee wants war and wants Bush to start it whenever he feels like it. “We do not have a declaration of war for Iraq, and neither does the president need one to expand it into Iran.” Giving political leaders permission to kill as they please is Fascism 101.

Horowitz and his gang have carried out a very sinister plan. They fit the description of fascists to a T. They believe in endless wars of aggression, the destruction of the last vestiges of civil liberties, and subservience to a corporate power. Yet they have succeeded in wielding the epithet of fascism because of Democratic party treason to Bush, a corporate media that deliberately withholds information from the public, and the apathy and confusion that dominate American life.

“Christians United for Israel’s sole reason for existing is to guarantee the killing of thousands of Iranians.”

Americans do need to be aware of a fascist threat, a threat that comes straight from the White House, Wall Street, and the halls of Congress. It can only be fought if its presence is acknowledged and if citizens know that they still have the power to stop it.

The full story in
http://www.blackagendareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=404&Itemid=36

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Italy Seizes Quran-printed Toilet Seats

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Italy Seizes Quran-printed Toilet Seats

By Hadi Yahmid, IOL Correspondent

Verses from the Noble Qur’an are printed on the double face of the cover seats and intersected by colorful flowers and Latin words.

ROME ­ Italian Muslims have swiftly acted to stop the sale in local stores of toilet seat covers that feature verses of the Noble Qur’an in an unprecedented blasphemous act, reporting the matter to appropriate authorities and politicians, who proved forthcoming.

“I would like to thank Italian authorities who responded positively to our complaints against this profanity,” Samir Al-Khalidi, the head of the Islamic Centre (Al-Huda) in Rome, told IslamOnlin.net Saturday, October 27.

“We reacted astutely to this provocation and threw the ball in the court of security officials and politicians, demanding them to seize the products immediately to head off angry Muslim reaction,” he added.

The Lazio-based Orizzonte Company unveiled this month a new collection of bathroom products including the offensive toilet cover seats.

They feature verses from the Noble Qur’an printed on the double face of the cover seats and intersected by colorful flowers and Latin words.

Following Muslim complaints, police raided the four braches of the company in the town of Latina, 60km south of Rome, and seized 2,000 such pieces on sale.

Interior minister Giuliano Amato met Friday with Italian Muslim leaders at the main Rome Mosque to reassure them that Italy would not tolerate such outrageous acts.

“This is an insult to the Muslim faith,” The imam of the Lazio town of Latina’s mosque, Sheikh Yusuf, told Amato.

Amato reassured Yusuf, saying: “I would like to tell our friends from Latina that we have been informed of this matter and are taking action because it is offensive.”

Italy has a Muslim population of some 1.2 million, including 20,000 reverts, according to unofficial estimates.

Intentional

Al-Khalidi smelled a rat in the Italian company’s act.

“Inscribing the toilet seat covers with Ayat Al-Kursi (The Verse of the Throne) and putting the noble verse in the nastiest place was not unintentional,” he said.

On how he learnt about the matter, Al-Khalidi said a fellow Italian Muslim happened on the sacrilegious pieces as he went shopping in Latina on Wednesday, October 24.

Al-Khalidi said he does not buy the company’s excuses that it did not know what the Arabic words written on the cover seats really meant.

“This is not about art and beauty as the company claims; this is a crime,” he said.

Far-right senior Italian senator Roberto Calderoli, who is notorious for his anti-Islam stances, outraged Muslims last month by calling for a “Pig Day” protest against the planned construction of a mosque in northern Italy.

Last year, Calderoli lost a ministerial post in a centre-right government led by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for wearing a T-shirt with blasphemous Danish cartoons that lampooned Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

After the 2005 publication of the cartoons by Denmark’s Jyallands Posten, Muslim minorities in many Western countries championed local know-prophet campaigns.

The full story in
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Why British Women are turning to Islaam

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2007

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=== News Update ===

Why British Women are turning to Islaam

THE SPREAD OF A WORLD CREED

The Times (London) – Tuesday, 9th November 1993

Lucy Berrington finds the Muslim Faith is winning Western admirers despite hostile media coverage

Unprecedented numbers of British people, nearly all of them women, are converting to Islam at a time of deep divisions within the Anglican and Catholic churches.

The rate of conversions has prompted predictions that Islam will rapidly become an important religious force in this country.[1] “Within the next 20 years the number of British converts will equal or overtake the immigrant Muslim community that brought the faith here”, says Rose Kendrick, a religious education teacher at a Hull comprehensive and the author of a textbook guide to the Koran. She says: “Islam is as much a world faith as is Roman Catholicism. No one nationality claims it as its own”. Islam is also spreading fast on the continent and in America.

The surge in conversions to Islam has taken place despite the negative image of the faith in the Western press. Indeed, the pace of conversions has accelerated since publicity over the Salman Rushdie affair, the Gulf War[2] and the plight of the Muslims in Bosnia. It is even more ironic that most British converts should be women, given the widespread view in the west that Islam treats women poorly. In the United States, women converts outnumber men by four to one, and in Britain make up the bulk of the estimated 10, 000 to 20, 000 converts, forming part of a Muslim community of 1 to 1.5 million. Many of Britain’s “New Muslims” are from middle-class backgrounds. They include Matthew Wilkinson, a former head boy of Eton who went on to Cambridge, and a son and daughter of Lord Justice Scott, the judge heading the arms-to-Iraq enquiry.

A small-scale survey by the Islamic Foundation in Leicester suggests that most converts are aged 30 to 50. Younger Muslims point to many conversions among students and highlight the intellectual thrust of Islam. “Muhammad” said, “The light of Islam will rise in the West” and I think that is what is happening in our day” says Aliya Haeri, an American-born psychologist who converted 15 years ago. She is a consultant to the Zahra Trust, a charity publishing spiritual literature and is one of Britain’s prominent Islamic speakers. She adds: “Western converts are coming to Islam with fresh eyes, without all the habits of the East, avoiding much of what is culturally wrong. The purest tradition is finding itself strongest in the West.”[3]

Some say the conversions are prompted by the rise of comparative religious education. The British media, offering what Muslims describe as a relentless bad press on all things Islamic, is also said to have helped. Westerners despairing of their own society – rising in crime, family breakdown, drugs and alcoholism [4] – have come to admire the discipline and security of Islam. Many converts are former Christians disillusioned by the uncertainty of the church and unhappy with the concept of the Trinity and deification of Jesus.

Quest of the Convert – Why Change?

Other converts describe a search for a religious identity. Many had previously been practising Christians but found intellectual satisfaction in Islam. “I was a theology student and it was the academic argument that led to my conversion.” Rose Kendrick, a religious education teacher and author, said she objected to the concept of the original sin: “Under Islam, the sins of the fathers aren’t visited on the sons. The idea that God is not always forgiving is blasphemous to Muslims.

Maimuna, 39, was raised as a High Anglican and confirmed at 15 at the peak of her religious devotion. “I was entranced by the ritual of the High Church and thought about taking the veil.” Her crisis came when a prayer was not answered. She slammed the door on visiting vicars but travelled to convents for discussions with nuns. “My belief came back stronger, but not for the Church, the institution or the dogma.” She researched every Christian denomination, plus Judaism, Buddhism and Krishna Consciousness, before turning to Islam.

Many converts from Christianity reject the ecclesiastical hierarchy emphasising Muslims’ direct relationship with God. They sense a lack of leadership in the Church of England and are suspicious of its apparent flexibility. “Muslims don’t keep shifting their goal-posts,” says Huda Khattab, 28, author of The Muslim Woman’s Handbook, published this year by Ta-Ha. She converted ten years ago while studying Arabic at university. “Christianity changes, like the way some have said pre-marital sex is okay if its with the person you’re going to marry. It seems so wishy-washy. Islam was constant about sex, about praying five times a day. The prayer makes you conscious of God all the time. You’re continually touching base.

Footnotes

1 This is one of the reasons why there is an onslaught of bad press against Islam and the Muslims. Whoever considers Islam carefully with its principle belief Tawheed (the Uniqueness of Allaah, His and His sole right to subservience, worship and legislation), the sum total of its injunctions, formulated by Allaah (which are harmonic and define the true nature, position, rights and responsibilities of both sexes), and its justice in every sphere of life (social, economical and political) for all categories of people – wives, husbands, children, orphans, women, the poor and indigent, the poverty-stricken – will realise why it poses a threat to the leading elite of the western civilisations (i.e. those who benefit most from the unfair and unjust forms by which the people are governed). It is in the hands of such people that the control of peoples beliefs and ideas lie (via television, Magazines, Films, Education) and naturally this advantage is used to maintain the existing status quo. Muslims are not governed by and enslaved the false beliefs and ideas of humans, they are enslaved to and governed by Allaah alone. This is the essence of Islam – That enslavement is to none but to Allaah alone and everything besides Him is undeserving of worship and subservience.

2 It is now an established fact that around 5,000 of the US Troops who were stationed in Saudi Arabia became Muslims during and shortly after the Gulf War.

3 Much of the alleged oppression of women is due to localised culture which is based on a superstition that is more akin to Hinduism. It is, however, portrayed as being Islamic in origin which in turn seriously affects the ‘independence of thought’ of those who do not bother to pursue the matter in an objective manner – which includes most people.

4 One of the biggest industries in the West is that of entertainment and amusement. This is essential to maintain the false idea of progress, that what comes next is better and worth enduring for. Peoples minds are preoccupied with their own pleasures and other pursuits while others are being murdered, slaughtered, women raped, innocent babies and children butchered with axes and knives, innocent by-standers in robberies and muggings killed, the aged battered to death by adolescents, thousands dying of drug abuse, thousands of innocent lives destroyed by the consumption of alcohol, drunkards beating their women and children… the list is endless. The entertainment industry is one of the effective tools in the ‘normalisation of the thought process’, the ‘desensitisation of the humanistic concern’, and the intensification of the ‘my pleasure and gratification is what is most important’ syndrome.

The full story in
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