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  • just a conservative girl 8:22 PM on 01/28/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Andrea Mitchell Edition 

    alienated our “ally” in Iran and paved the way for rocky relations even to this day.

    MSNBC reporter/political pundit Andrea Mitchell on the most impactful State of the Union addresses when President Bush identified Iran as part of the axis of evil.

    I could be wrong here, but I think there a whole bunch of hostages that would disagree with this statement.

    To think that people actually listen to this crap, more horrifying is that she actually gets paid to say this crap.

  • backyardconservative 1:51 PM on 12/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Brave Iranian Women Hold Hands 

    They have to be brave. Video via Gateway Pundit. WSJ story on National Student Day:

    Student activists in Iran said that under the past year’s crackdown on the opposition and student activism, their demands have grown.

    “A lot of students hoped until last year that the Islamic Republic could be reformed but many of us think this system needs a complete overhaul,” said a student from a northeastern city in Iran.

    Opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, as well as former Presidents Mohamad Khatami and Hashemi Rafsanjani, issued statements of support for the occasion and encouraged students to not give up.

    “You must have hope; you must try and not fear the heavy price you have to pay,” Mr. Khatami said in a statement posted on Iranian websites.

    Iran continues to develop the bomb while attempting to loosen economic sanctions. For those who worry about how the Iranian people will fare if we instead tighten them, keep in mind Iran’s leaders and its Revolutionary Guard are kleptocrats, stealing the country blind.

  • backyardconservative 9:56 AM on 07/28/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Fighting Sharia Supremacy 

    Can anyone not be appalled at the brutality of Iran against women, large and small (surely women will flock to the Modesty and Veil Festival), pervasive and horrific?

    As Andrew McCarthy notes in The Corner, Newt brings the battle home–what we are really fighting is not systemic terror but the imposition of Sharia law.

    And who is Fatima Mohammadi, hometown Tehran, Iran, living in Chicago these days.

    • rubyslipperblog 1:48 PM on 07/28/2010 Permalink | Reply

      That link from planet Iran is absolutely insane. They must have hired Don Draper to come up with that campaign.

    • backyardconservative 1:52 PM on 07/28/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah. Hard to believe, even for Iran.

      They are so nuts it’s laughable but so evil at the same time.

    • Yukio Ngaby 1:40 AM on 07/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

      In a lot of wasy, Iran is living in psuedo-feudalistic times. In Middle Ages’ Europe the Church routinely ran houses of prostitutions out of nunneries, and various famous monastaries were notorious for their wealth and sexual debauchery. The Middle East wasn’t any better at the time.

      A much bigger issue is that the the basij raped and murdered 26-year-old Elnaz Babazadeh not too long ago near Tabriz. Backyard Conservative put up a link about that right here. That’s serious. A brothel with moral gymnastics for justification? It’s amusing to read the advertisement and it’s telling of the mind-set there, but I just don’t see it as a major problem while women are being stoned to death by law, and raped and murdered by the moral police force…

      But hey, Anette Bening wil make it all better with cultural exchanges!

    • backyardconservative 7:50 AM on 07/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

      You might be safer in the brothel as a woman in Iran.

      • rubyslipperblog 1:13 PM on 07/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

        If there is any such thing as “safe for a woman” in Iran.

      • Yukio Ngaby 9:30 PM on 07/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

        @ backyardconservative

        You may be right. After all, Iran needs to cleanse itself of all those “uppity” women. And in a lot of male minds nothing says submissive more than a prostitute. Unless you’re Julia Roberts in everyone’s favorite feel-good “dirty street prostitiute” film “Pretty Woman.” She’s a street hooker, but she doesn’t do drugs…

    • backyardconservative 10:30 PM on 07/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Iran’s leaders are so sicko

  • backyardconservative 9:10 AM on 06/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Who is Fatima Mohammadi? 

    She’s been treated with incurious sympathy in a Tribune story yesterday. It was practically a Hamas PR piece, you know, the terrorist organization. More on this Iranian-born American from Steve Huntley (HT Pat Hickey):

    The main organizer of the flotilla was Turkish-based Insani Yardim Vakfi, described as a humanitarian relief fund but which, like some other Muslim charities, has links to Islamist radicalism. The Danish Institute for International Studies found the organization provided support to al-Qaida, including for the failed millennium plot to bomb Los Angeles’ airport, and to Algerian terrorists in Europe. A Chicago lawyer on the flotilla, Fatima Mohammadi, describes herself on her LinkedIn page as “national organizer” for Viva Palestina, founded by the rabid Israel-hater and Hamas sympathizer George Galloway of Britain, who is dedicated to delegitimizing the Jewish state.

    If this is a peaceful group why doesn’t it recognize Israel’s right to exist? Fatima arrived back at Chicago’s O’Hare airport the other day. Do we feel safer now? If this is a humanitarian group why did they object to their supplies reaching Gaza over land? More on Fatima. Al Jazeera has taken up her cause, naturally:

    Fatima Mohammadi, another activist on board the Mavi Marmara that Israeli soldiers stormed last Monday in an attempt to stop a flotilla of aid ships from reaching Gaza, was accused of attempting to smuggle banned electronic componants into Gaza.

    She told Al Jazeera through a spokesperson that she refused to dignify the accusation with a response.

    What were you doing Fatima? Are we talking iPods. How undignified. Maybe it was something to do with missiles. Via Gay and Right, Jerusalem Post with more:

    Also on Sunday, the IDF released a list of at least five passengers aboard the Mavi Marmara who have ties to terrorist organizations.

    They were named as Fatima Mohammadi, Kenneth O’Keefe, Hassan Ansey, Hussein Orush and Ahmed Omemun. It was unclear whether they were involved in the fight with naval commandos last week.

    O’Keefe, according to the IDF, is a known American-British anti-Israel activist who wanted to enter Gaza to undergo training and help establish a commando unit for Hamas.

    Another passenger, identified as an Iranian-American, allegedly tried to bring illegal electronic equipment into Gaza. A French national aboard the ship was identified by the IDF as a Hamas operative.

    Well, Fatima came home with a bandage and bruises. You know, 5 of the 6 ships were boarded with no incident for legitimate inspections under international law. Fatima’s ship attacked. Gee, why is that.

    Apparently she wasn’t just standing around peaceably.

    So who is Fatima Mohammadi? Such a victim. Crawling around the press deck. A real humanitarian, for sure. Fatima:

    Mohammadi says the activists intended to challenge Israel’s blockade of Gaza, but did not expect a violent confrontation.

    “We thought maybe, maybe there would be again a like an interference or an intervention, not allowing us to pull into the port. Similar to what they did with the other, but without the boarding. We didn’t expect it to be boarded. We honestly did not and that’s why there was a panic when they first started to try to board, and again they came loaded with heavily, like heavy, heavily armed,” Mohammadi said.

    Oh really? Israelis heavily armed with paintball guns? You didn’t expect to be boarded? What about all those knives on your team. Gas masks. Was beating the Israelis bloody with metal bars and stabbing them with knives just a little irrational exuberance? Like the chant.

    Do you know what they chanted on that boat? Fatima knows, don’t you Fatima. Perhaps that’s why you were smiling and looking quite pleased with your reception by gullible gum-chewing reporters at Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

    Whatever the humanitarian motives of the Irish party heading towards Gaza on the ‘Rachel Corrie’, the overall effect of this mission to Gaza has been to support Hamas.

    Did you see the Arab women’s headgear on Al Jazeera TV News before the assault? Did you hear what they were singing?

    Passengers on the Turkish vessel chanted: “Remember Khairbar, Khaibar, O Jews. The Army of Mohammed will return.” This was a reference to the prophet’s seizure of a Jewish-held oasis, the last Jewish settlement in Arabia.

    Most of the Jews were slaughtered and their leader, Kinana bin al-Rabi, was captured. He was tied down and a fire lit on his chest and, just before death, he was beheaded. His wife was then forcibly ‘married’ to Mohammed. This is the event that some of the Gaza ‘peace mission’ — though obviously, not the Irish — were celebrating in song.

    And no, this doesn’t justify anyone being killed. But do you really believe that the Israelis set out to murder people? If so, why did they kill so few?

    I really have to wonder if you faked your bandage, Fatima. Is there one under your headscarf too?

    Who is Fatima Mohammadi? Americans want to know. Chicagoans want to know.

    P.S. Hey Fatima–are you a bomber buddy of Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn? Living on the South Side of Chicago and all. Did you work with them on this “peaceful, activist” mission?

    Ayers, Dohrn and Evans’ Code Pink have led several recent Free Gaza Movement initiatives, including attempted marches into the Gaza Strip. Dorhn was in the Middle East just last month on behalf of the movement.

    Come on Fatima. Steel yourself to tell us the truth.

    On Facebook she says her hometown is Tehran. How nice. Yet Fatima is an American citizen.

    …Are you really working for Iran Fatima?

    Related: Ayers and the Peace Activist Flotilla

    More. Iran’s Gaza-bound ships ready for clash with Israel – Ahmadinejad DEBKAfile

    For updates, go here (scroll down)

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

    • nicedeb 10:56 AM on 06/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Ann! You have a suspicious mind. This Fatima has a honest face…she looks like a kind-hearted humanitarian to me.

    • backyardconservative 11:28 AM on 06/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

      For sure!

    • Quite Rightly 1:51 PM on 06/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The Tribune story starts out: “Were it not for a cloth bandage wrapped around her right wrist, Fatima Mohammadi might have passed as just another traveler. I had to laugh. She passes as “just another traveler,” with or without bandages.

      Born in Tehran, but with a U.S. law degree. When will we ever learn?

    • backyardconservative 2:33 PM on 06/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I know. It makes so so sick. And so mad. I used to be all for exchange programs and more legal immigration but clearly we need to be more discerning.

      I have to wonder again–why did her family leave Iran, hmm? Was it because it was such a great place?

  • Jill 11:43 AM on 05/01/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Saturday miscellany 

    First things first. Check out Peter Robinson’s Uncommon Knowledge conversation with Mark  Steyn. The videos are served up in manageable portions of about 5-10 minutes a piece. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

    Steyn’s  Saturday column: Welcome to Fascizona

    You couldn’t get sanctions like these imposed at the U.N. Security Council, but then, unlike Arizona, Iran is not a universally reviled pariah.

    Ain’t it the truth. Here’s  John Bolton on our refusal to take a stand on human rights at the UN:  “We shouldn’t be afraid to be isolated; we should be proud of it.”

    Horror story in Pakistan: Christian barber beaten, sodomized for cutting a Muslim’s beard

    “Shakeel Cheema said, ‘Now we are going to teach you a real lesson for shaving the beard of a Muslim man,” Masih said, and after a long, pained pause he related how Cheema and the seven others sodomized him. “I started bleeding and fell unconscious.”


    Jeanette Pryor presents the logical feminist position on abortion. Excellent piece, but . . . good luck with that. My post here.

    Video: Obama sings the praises of government: “We’ve also clearly  seen the dangers of too little government.” Aargh.

    That calls for a palate cleanser. For you old fogies, try this. Whippersnappers, go here.

  • nosheepleshere 12:23 PM on 04/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Between Slave And Free: The Plight Of Muslim Women And An Impotent United Nations 

    Is the price of honor the blood of innocent women? This is the one question that you ask repeatedly as you read through of Price of Honor: Muslim Women Lift the Veil of Silence on the Islamic World.

    In the acknowledgements for Jan Goodwin’s book is this poem written by Atiya Dawood, Sindhi poet, Pakistan:

    The journey of my life begins from home,

    ends at the graveyard.

    My life is spent like a corpse,

    carried on the shoulders of my father and brother,

    husband and son. 

    Bathed in religion,

    attired in customs

    and buried in a grave of ignorance.

    Bathed in religion,

    attired in customs

    and buried in a grave of ignorance.

    Let those words really sink in a moment.  Who deserves to live a life devoid of freedom and what sin must one commit that would require being buried in an unmarked grave never to be mourned or remembered?

    Goodwin’s book gives readers an idea of what the militant face of Islam means for millions of Muslim women.

    In Pakistan, the Hudood Ordinance sets the value of a woman’s life as half of a man’s and charges rape victims with adultery.  A repressive regime in Afghanistan encourages men to kill disobedient women and victims of rape in cold blood to save the family “honor”. In Iran, showing a few strands of hair from under her head scarf can cost a woman eighty whip lashes, while Saudi Arabia enforces strict restrictions on driving, employment, veiling and travel of women—all this in the name of religion.

    That feminists in the West remain silent about this deeply ingrained and institutionalized mistreatment of women is one of the unconscionable scandals of our time.

    Buried 2,000 words deep in a United Nations press release on the filling of “vacancies in subsidiary bodies,” was the stark announcement: Iran, along with representatives from ten other nations, was “elected by acclamation,” meaning that no open vote was requested or required by any member states—including the United States.

    The U.S. currently holds one of the forty-five seats on the body, a position set to expire in 2012. The U.S. Mission to the United Nations did not return requests for comment on whether it actively opposed elevating Iran to the women’s commission.

    Iran’s election comes just a week after one of its senior clerics declared that women who wear revealing clothing are to blame for earthquakes, a statement that created an international uproar—but little affected their bid to become an international arbiter of women’s rights.

    This is an outrage.

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

    • backyardconservative 1:48 PM on 04/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I still remember how shocking and sad it was to learn that the women role models in the Palestinian territory and elected to office were the mothers of suicide bombers.

    • Quite Rightly 2:22 PM on 04/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Recently, I read an article in a UK publication that addressed a legal “problem” they are considering there on their march to multicultural equality: If a man kills a woman in an “honor” killing, how much weight should the justice system give to the shame that he felt when the woman violated the restrictions imposed on her.

    • Jill 3:22 PM on 04/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I think one of Mark Steyn’s prescriptions at the end of America Alone is to promote the rights of Islamic women. Too bad Obama and company wouldn’t take a strong stand on this. You’d think it would be an issue with no political down side. But . . . in one of his speeches (Cairo?) he took the weird tack of mentioning women who are ‘persecuted’ for wearing the hijab. Nothing about those who live as slave to their husbands, nothing about honor killings. He’s made it clear that he won’t stand up for human rights. Where are the honest liberals who care about human rights?

    • retrieverheart 6:18 PM on 04/30/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Makes my blood boil. Kandahar is an awesome movie (slightly fictionalized version of a true story) about a Western educated Afghan women returning to her home country searching for a sister in distress.

      Not to be flip, but this short humorous piece about Muslim treatment of women actually had the same serious message: http://interestingni.blogspot.com/2010/04/iran-vows-support-for-love-your-body.html

    • fatimah aziz 12:54 PM on 12/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      my husband callled me his slave more then once

  • Jill 1:16 PM on 04/18/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    When smart power fails 

    This is pretty scary.

    John McCain and William Jacobson already knew that Obama has no Iran nuclear strategy. But now it’s official.  NYT:

    Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has warned in a secret three-page memorandum to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran’s steady progress toward nuclear capability, according to government officials familiar with the document.

    Several officials said the highly classified analysis, written in January to President Obama’s national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones, came in the midst of an intensifying effort inside the Pentagon, the White House and the intelligence agencies to develop new options for Mr. Obama. They include a set of military alternatives, still under development, to be considered should diplomacy and sanctions fail to force Iran to change course.

    Jennifer Rubin comments:

    Really, it’s jaw-dropping that, at this stage, Gates must sound the alarm, reminding everyone that nothing they’ve done so far has or is likely to work. Indeed, it’s hard to see how what the Obami are presently doing won’t impair those military options. After all, Obama is giving the Iranians cover to move ahead with their nuclear program while the UN dithers over negotiations about ineffective sanctions. The problem, we must conclude, is Obama, himself, who seems blissfully unaware of his own inadequate and misguided efforts. (”Some officials said his memo should be viewed in that light: as a warning to a relatively new president that the United States was not adequately prepared. He wrote the memo after Iran had let pass a 2009 deadline set by Mr. Obama to respond to his offers of diplomatic engagement.”)

    Allahpundit’s take:

    Of course they didn’t prepare alternatives. How could they possibly fathom that diplomacy might fail? The core plank of “smart power,” such as it is, has always been the Obama charm offensive. Simply by being the anti-Bush and offering an open hand to Iran, he would convince Tehran to unclench its fist and open a dialogue. Bush was the problem (he always is!) and once the problem was removed, solutions would inevitably follow. So why bother developing a Plan B? The result: Iran’s now enriching uranium to 20 percent purity and rolling out advanced centrifuges, which means nuclear “breakout” capacity, i.e. the ability to build a bomb quickly even if they haven’t yet done so, won’t be long in coming.

    Hubris can bring down more than just the tragic hero. Obama’s ego is a national, even international, liability.

    • rubyslipperblog 2:36 PM on 04/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Legal Insurrection also had a post on potential reasons liberal law school students were so sad despite the fact Democrats control all of government. I suspect they are sad because they recognize Democrats are striking during their turn at bat. Obama’s narcissistic ego refuses to entertain that possibility. Where he should be scaling back he is doubling down. He blatantly ignores signs his “smart power” strategy is failing because it doesn’t fit in his world view that he is both omniscient and omnipotent. Making matters worse Obama has surrounded himself with ego fuel in the form of Valerie Jarrett, Gibbs and Michelle. This is why insiders need to leak such devastating information in hopes of breaking Obama’s feedback loop telling him he can not fail. You are exactly right his ego is a huge liability. Personally I have my doubts that a blowout in November will be enough to take down this narcissistic ego.

    • fuzislippers 9:42 PM on 04/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hmm, well, at least the NYT is recognizing what we’ve always known about cookies and hugs as foreign policy. Better late than never? We’re obviously heading straight into a nuclear world war, but I guess the libbies will just blame whomever we elect in 2012, conveniently ignoring (as always) that it’s their failed policies that always get us into dire straights the world over.

      • backyardconservative 10:38 PM on 04/18/2010 Permalink | Reply

        My God. When the NY Times leaks memos that in the void point out we need a more hawkish stance you know things are bad. Maybe they are noticing that big hole in Manhattan.

    • RightKlik 12:40 PM on 04/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to know when “smart power” has ever succeeded.

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