Archive for February, 2007

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Unscheduled offworld activation

February 28, 2007

Stargate logoSince my last post touched on the topic of Stargate SG-1, I thought I’d take the time to say goodbye to what has been one of my favorite shows for the past 10 years (since I was 18!). I’m going to iss it. Stargate Atlantis is nice, but there’s something about SG-1.

The good news is, according to GateWorld, there will be two SG-1 movies sometime in the near future. That’s pretty cool.

Also, Amanda Tapping (Colonel Samantha Carter) will be making several appearances on Stargate Atlantis.

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Rally For Peace

February 27, 2007

Girls rally for peace

February 24th rally in London against the UK’s plans to renew their Trident nuclear warhead arsenal in direct violation of the international laws they claim to uphold.  In addition, they rallied for an end of the Iraq war, the pending war against Iran, and freedom for Palestinians.  Full coverage and photos at IndyMedia UK.

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Media Spin-Doctors

February 25, 2007

How the western news media manipulates truth:

1. The Palestinians, Hizbullah, and Iran refuse to “recognize Israel.”

FALSE. It makes you wonder then, who they mean every time they say the word “Israel. This is just a gimmick, a way to keep Muslims looking like the extremist, intolerant ones, when, in reality, it is the Israeli oppressors who refuse to recognize Palestine. The State of Israel has existed for over 50 years. We’re still waiting on that State of Palestine. All they’ve offered us is a State of Confusion.

2. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that Israel should be “wiped off the map.”

FALSE. Actually, he said that Israel will “fade from the pages of history.” The first mistranslation sounds as though he intends to do it himself, whereas the second more accurately describes a natural process as Israel continues its path of self destruction.

3. Iran announced that it has created a “cure for AIDS.”

Partially true. What they have actually developed is an herbal remedy, called IMOD, that serves the same (or similar) function as retroviral drugs without all of the harmful side effects. If it is in fact as groundbreaking as they claim, it will help millions of people around the world deal with AIDS. It does not, despite the distortions of western media, kill the virus.

4. Iran has violated the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty), and that is why they are facing U.N. sanctions.

FALSE. According to the terms of the NPT, all nations, including non-nuclear nations, have the right to seek nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Under the watchful eye of the IAEA, Iran has done this. There is no evidence that they are manufacturing nuclear weapons, only that they might have the capability to do so in the future. This is actually a matter of the world not trusting Iran. Why? Has Iran attack another nation? No. Has Iran threatened to attack another nation? No. Has Iran shown any aggression towards anyone over the past 25 years? No. But they are Muslims and an “Islamic Republic.” Therefore, they are guilty.

5. Iran is sponsoring terrorism all over the world.

FALSE. Mr. Bush is famous for repeating this one. He’s never mentioned anything specific because he has no proof. Iran does provide some support for Hizbullah, but it is a legitimate Lebanese political organization. They hold seats in the Parliament and participate in civil society in their country. The most they have done is attack Israel in defense of their country. If that is terrorism, then the Americans who fought in the Revolutionary War were also terrorists. By leaving his accusation open, Mr. Bush hopes that people will infer that Iran is sponsoring al-Qa’eda, just as he more-than-implied about Iraq prior to that unprovoked war.

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(Not so) Remarkable Evidence

February 12, 2007

Here at LanternTorch.com, we’ve been tracking the lead up to the U.S. war against Iran for the past two years. There are many who still seem either oblivious to our warnings or simply do not believe it to be possible. Those who are apathetic fail to realize that such a war will affect nearly every person in every part of the world. Americans, in particular, should be gravely concerned for their own safety. I know I am.

The Bush administration has now presented their “evidence” that Iran is supplying weapons to Shi’a insurgents inside of Iraq. To be blunt, their evidence included some weapons laid carefully on a table. That is their proof. Iranian weapons were found inside of Iraq; therefore, the Iranian government is supplying those weapons to insurgents. It doesn’t take a Vulcan to realize: “Their conclusions are illogical.”

1. Iraq and Iran are allies and have a military agreement. The Iraqi government (also an ally of the U.S.) could be receiving weapons from Iran.

2. The Iraqi government itself is predominantly Shi’a.

3. The Mahdi Army, supposedly the leading Shi’a insurgent group, is led by Muqtada al-Sadr, who himself is part of the Iraqi government.

4. Even if Iranians crossed the border and sold weapons to Iraqis, that doesn’t mean that the Iranian government supported or even knows about it.

5. Arms dealers sell weapons to everyone. If you don’t believe, do the research…or better yet, go try to buy a gun from Israel. You won’t have to look very hard because they’re sold all over the world. The same is undoubtedly true of Iranian weapons. Arms dealers specialize in selling arms all over the world. That’s why they’re so successful. They pit one group of people against another and then sell weapons to both sides.

6. The biggest arms dealing country is the United States. Most of the weapons used by Iraq against Iran in the Iran-Iraq War and against Saddam’s own people were from the U.S.

7. The U.S. sold weapons to Iran during the same war.

8. The U.S. probably already has Iranian-made weapons. I bet you can even buy them on the streets of Detroit, Philadelphia, or any other major city.

9. There is more likelihood of an American arms dealer selling Iranian weapons to Iraqi insurgents than there is of the Iranian government doing so.

I didn’t buy the Bush administration’s claims about Iraq before the Iraq war. One of Iraq’s own nuclear scientists wrote a book proving that they had no weapons of mass destruction back in 1998 and that their entire nuclear program was in shambles. Still, many Americans believed Bush and his cronies, which is amazing seeing as how they’re horrible liars. This time, it will take much more than a few RPG’s with Iranian stamps on them to convince the American public…at least I hope so.

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We interrupt this blog

February 9, 2007

…to make this special announcement.

Two hearts of light over waterUmm Zahra, my love. You have given me four years of love and happiness, and two beautiful daughters. May Allah reward you infinitely for being the best of mothers and following in the footsteps of Maryam (peace be upon her), mother of Jesus (peace be upon him) and Fatimah (peace be upon her), mother of al-Hassanain (peace be upon them). For each of the past 1,460 days, I have smiled at least once because of you. I pray that Allah gives us many more…nay, eternity together in this life and in the next.

Happy Anniversary. 😉

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Slavery in Indiana

February 8, 2007

In the spirit of Black History Month, here is some info I dug up on slavery in my home state, Indiana.

In 1787, slavery was made illegal in the Northwest Territory, which included the present states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and part of Minnesota.

That, however, did not mean that someone who was already a slave would automatically become free upon crossing the Indiana border. On the contrary, slaves were not only still slaves even if they entered Indiana, they could also be returned to their slave owners. Eventually, this became the law: that slaves must be returned.

Therefore, in the underground railroad, Indiana was just a “rest stop” as opposed to a destination. A fugitive slave would not have guaranteed safety unless he crossed the Canadian border into Ontario.

On February 12, 1793, President George Washington, a slaveholder himself, signed the first Fugitive Slave Law of the United States. This law, providing for the return of fugitive slaves from any state or territory in the Union, was weighted heavily in favor of the slaveholder. In 1821, Indiana instituted “An Act Authorising the Writ of Replevin”; pursuant to this statute anyone found guilty of detaining “goods or chattels” could be sued for double the amount of the “property.” Three years later Indiana passed its own Fugitive Slave Law. The 1824 statute delineated the procedure slaveholders and Indiana law officials must follow in claiming “property.” Abolitionists and those active with the Underground Railroad fell victim to these laws.

(see here)

This clearly contradicts the Indiana State Constitution of 1816 and 1851:

There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, within this State, other than for the punishment of crimes, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. No indenture of any Negro or Mulatto made and executed out of the bounds of the State, shall be valid within the State.

In this case, federal law obviously superseded the state constitution. So, even if it was the intent of Indiana lawmakers to “liberate” slaves (of which I am not convinced), federal law prohibited it.

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We are the champions

February 5, 2007

Peyton Manning For years growing up, watching the Colts, I dreamed of what it would be like if they were in the SuperBowl. Even when they were the lowest of the low, we used to go to their games and be so excited if they even won one game. Now they’ve reached the pinnacle. They are the best of the best. Congratulations Indianapolis.