Remember, women NEVER lie about crime

Via Drudge:

A Georgia bride-to-be who vanished just days before her wedding turned up in New Mexico and fabricated a tale of abduction before admitting Saturday that she got cold feet and “needed some time alone,” police said. Jennifer Wilbanks, 32, was in police custody more than 1,420 miles from her home on what was supposed to be her wedding day Saturday.

“It turns out that Miss Wilbanks basically felt the pressure of this large wedding and could not handle it,” said Randy Belcher, the police chief in Duluth, Ga., the Atlanta suburb where Wilbanks lives with her fiance. He said there would be no criminal charges.

Wilbanks had called her fiance, John Mason, from a pay phone late Friday and told him that she had been kidnapped three days earlier while jogging, authorities said. Her family rejoiced that she was safe, telling reporters that the media coverage apparently got to the kidnappers.

And since everyone feels sorry for the poor psycho, she apparently won’t face any charges. No wonder women feel that they can lie with impunity about being raped, kidnapped or sexually harassed… they seldom face any consequences for it.

As a corollary to this, any racial incident occurring on campus will almost always prove to have been concocted by the victim. Was anyone actually surprised when it turned out that what the Chicago Sun-Times was calling “the Trinity crisis” turned out to be completely fabricated by a black female student there?

Blog Star: Western Self-Loathing

Western Self-Loathing, or How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Jihad
by Animate Matters

As you all know, Vox gets a bit twitchy on Saturdays, what with sundry viruses accumulating in his CPU. So he’s out having his brainbox upgraded and cleaned, and his servomechanisms lubricated. But never fear; he should be back in fighting trim for tomorrow.

By a cruel jest of fate manifest through the clicking of dice, his dear readers have been afflicted with my rantings as his inaugural guest blogger. May my words be buoyant millstones as you flounder in the cyber sea.

Without further ado, let’s discuss the Crusades and the Islamic Jihad. We’ll take a unique tack, addressing these events from a historical perspective, rather than that of a leftist soundbite.

First the Jihad. Upon Muhammed’s death in A.D. 632, Muslims controlled much of the Arabian Peninsula, including Palestine. This trend of expansion continued under his successors, the caliphs. A century after his passing, Muslims had conquered territory stretching from Afghanistan to Spain. Portions of India, Anatolia (ancient Asia Minor or modern Turkey), Sudan, and the Balkans fell under Islamic ascendancy. It’s important to point out that this imperialism and proselytization with the sword was a continuation of Muhammed’s own tactics–not a deviation from his grand scheme. The ultimate goal of Jihad was and is Islamic domination of the planet through Sharia law.

Why the history lesson? Because it sheds light on the motivations behind the Crusades. When Pope Urban II preached the First Crusade in 1095, the Islamic Jihad against the West already had been an unrelenting plague for over 460 years. If one understands nothing else about the Crusades, one should realize that they were not imperialistic wars of aggression against peaceful easterners–but a response to centuries of blood-soaked conquest instigated by the Islamic world. Finally suppressing age-old petty rivalries and internal bickering (to a degree), European Christians mustered the will for bringing a halt to Muslim expansion, and a reoccupying of the Holy Land–stolen centuries before.

Militaristic and religious aspects of the Crusades cannot be divorced. Not just exercises in revenge and reclamation, they entailed the qualities of a pilgrimage. Some went on crusade as an act of penance; others for the receipt of indulgences; still others for a tiny glimpse of the past home of Jesus and his disciples. Rationales were as diverse as the people themselves. Most crusaders were poor folk sincerely seeking God’s will, knowing that months if not years would pass before laying eyes on their loved ones, again. Many departed expecting never to return to the lands of their birth.

Don’t misunderstand me. This isn’t a defense of the Crusades. Both sides perpetrated atrocities against innocent people. Neither was of sterling character or saintly guise.

But an accurate rendition of the Crusades rarely is offered for public consumption. In the past fifty years or so, the mainstream media, certain Islamophile historians, popular television programs, the public indoctrination machines (euphemistically known as “schools“), and even U.S. presidents have utterly mischaracterized the Crusades.


From a U.S. News headline: “The Truth About the Epic Clash Between Christianity and Islam,” followed by “During the Crusades, East and West first met.” The article continues by proclaiming the Crusades “The First Holy War.” Later, it suggests that “For Muslims, imperialism is a dirty word.“ Of course, all of this demonstrably is false.

After 9/11, Bill Clinton remarked: “Indeed, in the first Crusade, when the Christian soldiers took Jerusalem, they first burned a synagogue with 300 Jews in it, and proceeded to kill every woman and child who was Muslim on the Temple mound…. I can tell you that that story is still being told today in the Middle East and we are still paying for it.”

Though it contains a kernel of truth, this observation lacks even a glimmer of historical context.

I see manifold reasons for such comments. Multiculturalism, ignorance, western self-loathing, hatred toward Christianity, disassociation from reality, and perhaps even heavy drug use all contribute to this mentality.

Most people blissfully go about their lives, hindered by a PC wall from seeing the ramifications of modern terrorism. And yet the Jihad continues–sometimes in sporadic fits; sometimes with grim monotony–an engine of destruction chugging onward.

Osama bin Laden’s World Islamic Front subcategorizes itself as a “Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders,” and issued a fatwa to that effect, in 1998.

Osama understands that the Jihad is alive and kicking.

Even if we don’t.

And to paraphrase the Muslim philosopher, Avicenna, “To make the whole world Islamic, you first have to break a few infidels.”

Note – Just to be clear, I will continue posting on Saturdays. I do not intend to post commentary on the guest blogs, for the most part, and I prefer to let those discussions be led by the guest blogger himself.

Maureen answers her own question

On why there are so few female columnists:

Ayad Allawi, the Shiite who was supposed to keep the government secular and bring in Sunnis to blunt the insurgency, has been marginalized. That leaves the government to be ruled by men rooted in the sort of conservative Shiite religious politics that will not produce a new dawn of equality for Iraqi women….

The bad news: This is not an Iraqi government that will practice Athenian democracy or end the insurgency. The other bad news: If Dr. Jaafari falls, Ahmad Chalabi will be there to pick up the pieces.

This is exceptionally dumb, even by Dowd’s low standards. Because as anyone with even a loose grasp on history knows, women didn’t vote in the Athenian democracy. And considering how much Democrats like Ms Dowd loathe the decentralizing power of general referendums, it’s highly doubtful that she’d approve of the Ecclesia, in which any male citizen was allowed to speak and propose legislation. Or, for that matter, of the Solonic reforms, which in addition to formally dividing Athenians into economic classes, made wealth the prime criterion for holding office.

Finally, I doubt that the new Iraqi government will be able to legally execute citizens of whom it disapproves on the mere basis of philosophical opposition. Apparently Ms Dowd has never heard of a certain philosopher, who was executed at the instigation of Athens’ pro-democracy faction subsequent to the anti-democratic turmoil wrought by his two prize students.

I would be remiss if I failed to point out that in the same column Ms Dowd also complains about the Bush Administration’s secret plan to benefit its oil-industry patrons with high oil prices, in direct contradiction to the left’s previous no-blood-for-oil argument which posited LOW oil prices as the real reason for the Iraqi invasion.

It would stand to reason that there aren’t many female columnists in the media today because their role model and standard bearer is a clueless, hysterical and historically ignorant waste of space.

Next week’s blog star

The Crystal Lake Observatory is next week’s guest blogger of the week. Please note that I have decided to kick the limit up to 1,000 words, so have them into me by Friday, May 6.

By the way, I was surprised at how few people managed to follow the directions on volunteering this week. If you’re interested in blog starring next week, please recall that you need to be one of the Voxologisti from the blog roll down and to the right. Also, you need to submit the name of your blog, as I don’t keep track of what belongs to who.

If you’re not a regular reader and you’ve got something to say, however critical, just email me. Blog starring is for the regulars, both fans and critics, although a survey of the archives should demonstrate that I’m happy to post detailed point-counterpoints on those rare occasions when a critic can manage to actually scrabble together some semblance of an argument instead of drawing randomly from the usual grab-bag of wild-eyed assertions that I am a Mega Stupid Poopyhead who is scared of Strong Independent Women and can’t get chicks even though my Daddy is rich because I use a pen name designed to hide my secret gayness and bitter envy of Robert Jordan, Liam Howlett and Michelle Malkin. Or something.

Who’s up next?

This is the call for next weekend’s Guest Blogger. All Voxologisti are eligible with the exception of Animate Matters. Toss the name of your blog in the hat and the red dice of determination will decide….

Mailvox: acts of the modern apostles

JJ finds a new home:

Leftist/socialist Christianity has always been a pet peeve of mine. If even an atheist libertarian can see certain basic truths of God’s world (even if not all), then the Christian socialists are at best misguided syncretists with a godless philosophy, or at worst rubes of Satan.

I’ve got to grit my teeth when people bring up the Acts verse “…they lived together and shared everything…” without understanding the context or results (especially multiplying those results by about a million people).

Why grit your teeth? Next time, burst into tears, smile like a Hare Krishna on good hashish, give them a big hug and tell them that you just have to get a few things together before you’ll be over at “our” house by seven o’clock.

Then ask if they have any underwear you can wear. Tell them you prefer thongs.

Mailvox: don’t diss the disbelievers

DG writes to defend the faithless:

While I usually agree with much of your column, I must take exception to your classification of “secular” as being “anti-christian”. I am an atheist conservative Bush-supporting disabled veteran who spent 10 years in the military sworn to fight and die if need be for your right to express your beliefs and practice your faith in any way which did not violate the rights of others. I am in no way suggesting that you are violating my or anyone else’s rights with your column or your blog, however, you seem to make secular and liberal (neo-fascist) one and the same.

I am not alone here. Many atheists realize that freedom of religion IS freedom to practice or not to practice as they see fit and will happily defend your right to do so along with our right to decline. We are not vocal, though, and perhaps we are lost in the shuffle or drowned out by the Deans and Clintons and Kennedys of the political world.

My point is this: do not assume that non-religious automatically equals neo-fascist. Just because we do not believe in god doesn’t mean we don’t believe in helping those incapable (not unwilling) to help themselves or believe in stifling the open and free expression of faith.

In slamming the anti-christian secularists who have attempted to portray themselves as the defending party even as they vociferously attack religion in general and Christianity in particular on the social, political and judicial fronts, I was certainly not including with them all those who do not believe in the supernatural. For example, there are many agnostic and atheist libertarians; I have no fear of them wielding government power in an attempt to persecute Christians because they are opposed to permitting the use of government power to persecute anyone.

Indeed, I am usually in more intellectual harmony with an atheist libertarian than a Christian socialist who does not understand the vast difference between a moral imperative for the individual and a state-imposed policy applied to the masses supported by the threat of theft, jail and execution.

That being said, it is not an accident that the lethal policies of left-wing governments in the China, the Soviet Union, Germany, Kampuchea, Ethiopia and numerous other historical hellholes have uniformly been applied by those who reject the Judeo-Christian ethic. For while it is true that the atheist can personally subscribe to a similar neo-morality, he has very little rational requirement to do so. The fact that many here in the West do choose to construct ethical systems in imitation of those belonging to their religious neighbors is, in my opinion, far more likely to be a matter of cultural immersion than any highly refined intellectual effort; indeed, there are few atheist philosophers of note who subscribe to any restraint of the individual or the state.

It’s worth noting that although most people in America today are not Bible-believing fundamentalists, they still consider themselves to be “Christians” even if they don’t attend church, don’t attempt to live by Biblical precepts and in some cases don’t even believe in the historical existence of Jesus Christ. If these people are so influenced by their culture that they claim to be something they are probably – probably, for no man can judge another’s heart – not, then it is difficult to deny that there are strong underlying influences even on those who explicitly deny belief in the foundation of traditional Western morality.

Faithlessness does not automatically equate to socialism, but the evidence strongly suggests that it makes one more susceptible to it. When one subscribes to no clear and universal definition of right and wrong, it is very difficult to find the courage or the reason to point to a specific action, be it shoplifting or mass slaughter, and state with authority: “that is evil!”


A NYT reviewer evinces a complete failure to grok the Hitchhiker’s trilogy:

Dent, it happens, has been saved from extinction by his alien buddy Ford Prefect (Mos Def), a smooth operator in a snow-white suit who fends off trouble with an ordinary bath towel and knows how to hitch rides on passing spaceships. Arthur and Ford initially land on such a ship, operated by the Vogons, an unpleasant race that constitute the bulk of the galaxy’s bureaucracy and come equipped with expansive girths and lumpy porcine faces with smushed-in snouts. Beautifully constructed by the Jim Henson Creature Shop with an attention to expressive detail that recalls the political caricatures of Honoré Daumier, the Vogons function as the villains in this tale, though it is a measure of Adams’s dry, gentle humor that the creatures’ most devastating weapon is their exceptionally bad poetry….

This narrative bagginess is partly what makes the film feel true to Adams, if not in precise letter then certainly in mellow spirit. One of the pleasures of this loopy adventure – along with its gloriously singing dolphins and knit puppets – is that what keeps the story in gear are the moments when its four space trekkers – and Marvin, the depressed robot mellifluously voiced by Alan Rickman – are chattering about all manner of cheery nonsense.

Gentle humor? Mellow spirit? Douglas Adams??!!?? Did I accidentally cross over into some bizarre alternate universe where Ann Coulter writes an etiquette column for Good Housekeeping and Bob Novak is known as the Prince of Niceness?

Yeah, I’ll mos definitely be bagging this movie.

Not the greatest loss

Walking on Coals is concerned about the apparent burning of two Edvard Munch paintings, including Skrik (Scream):

The Munch masterpieces “The Scream” and “Madonna” have been incinerated, according to newspaper Dagbladet, citing criminal sources and a top secret police report. The paper claimed Thursday that the paintings were destroyed in order to get rid of damning evidence as the police investigation closes in on the culprits behind the robbery.

Investigation leader Iver Stensrud of the Oslo police said he had no knowledge of the supposedly secret report acknowledging the destruction of the paintings.

While I deplore the loss of anything of historical value, I can’t pretend that I consider the potential destruction of those kitschy crayola-like creations to be a massive human tragedy.

Still, they’re more original than most art these days and I would certainly have preferred to learn that someone had torched a few of the disembowled cows and elephant dung creations that are currently in vogue.


K-Lo posts the Gunning Fog Index of NRO’s writers:

11.03 Frum
10.94 Murdock
10.60 Ledeen
10.58 Hanson
10.12 Derbyshire
10.11 Novak
9.59 Buckley
8.77 Nordlinger
8.47 Brookhiser
8.44 Coffin
8.00 Seipp
7.90 Blyth
7.82 Kudlow
7.62 Lopez
7.07 O’Bierne
6.91 Goldberg
6.64 Lowry
6.52 York
6.32 Stuttaford

Curious to know where I stacked up with this fine collection of conservative and neoconservative writers, I ran my last ten columns through the index. Average: 14.69, with three of the ten maxing out at 17. That’s right, I am more than twice as unreadable as Jonah Goldberg. Clearly, I need to make more Simpson’s references if I want to get invited on Tucker Carlson’s show.