Friday, August 31, 2007

Por Puerta

In tonights European super cup my sympathies are firmly on Sevilla's side. Come on lads, do it for Puerta!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Yes, but what if "islamism" is islam?

Daniel Pipes has a new piece at FrontPage in which he discusses the ever increasing calls to outright ban islam and the Koran in non-muslim countries. There he presents some of his ideas which at first glance look sensible, but once the surface is scratched, they appear either poorly explained or so opaque they could mean just about anything.

After giving a long list of demands to ban the Koran or islam Pipes give his opinion:

My take? I understand the security-based urge to exclude the Koran, Islam, and Muslims, but these efforts are too broad, sweeping up inspirational passages with objectionable ones, reformers with extremists, friends with foes. Also, they ignore the possibility of positive change.

Inspirational passages? That is a broad definition. A jihadist finds the passages Pipes deems "objectionable" as inspirational(as Anakin Skywalker says in the "Revenge of the sith":"From my point of view, the Jedi are evil").

As for the second part, how does Daniel Pipes propose we differentiate friend from foe and a moderate from an extremist? I am not the only one asking this. Robert Spencer on JihadWatch would also like to know:

Officials should proclaim a moratorium on all visa applications from Muslim countries, since there is no reliable way for American authorities to distinguish jihadists and potential jihadists from peaceful Muslims. Because this is not a racial issue, these restrictions should not apply to Christians and other non-Muslim citizens of those countries. Those who claim that such a measure is "Islamophobic" should be prepared to provide a workable way for immigration officials to distinguish jihadists from peaceful Muslims, or, if they cannot do so, should not impede basic steps the U.S. should take to protect itself.

His remark about "ignoring the possibility of positive change" is simply off the wall, based if not on fantasy then on a possibility that is extremely remote. It would be like saying that not wearing a helmet every day ignores the possibility of a bottle falling on your head from above.

Pipes ends with this:

More practical and focused would be to reduce the threats of jihad and Shariah by banning Islamist interpretations of the Koran, as well as Islamism and Islamists.

...and then cites some examples in order to give a vague idea what he considers "islamist interpretation" and "islamism" and how to deal with them. We have heard this one before not just from Pipes. The trouble is that these "islamist" interpretations have been shown to be firmly rooted in mainstream islam by several scholars and public personalities such as the afore mentioned Spencer, Srdja Trifković, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and others. Bearing that in mind, would Pipes follow upon his own advice?

Personally, I doubt that. The sheer number of those who make an "islamist interpretation" would take Pipes aback so hard he would give up on doing anything about the threat of global jihad altogether. That is because, in his heart, Pipes is still a multiculturalist and admitting to many of the realities of global jihad would be tantamount to him having to abandon the main idea that has been his spiritus movens all these years.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Empty handed, yet again

No champions league football for Red Star this season either. And we can't fault the draw this time, it could have hardly suited us more. Instead we should look to why we could not score if our life depended on it. People put the blame on the strikers but I point my finger at president Stojković and the management who assembled the midfield we have. There is not a single central midfielder in our roster with somewhat offensive characteristics. Strikers are too often left to cope alone with the opposition defense, nobody is coming to help them or running in the box from the midfield. Also, nobody shoots from outside the box.

Besides these obvious problems there are rather puzzling questions. Why wasn't our biggest signing, the Ecuadorian striker Salas, even on the bench last night? Why are Bronowitzky and Mollina consistently looked over in favour of lessere players such as Milijaš and Rašković?

The saddest part is that our best players were on the stands. The fans made an amazing atmosphere and deserve the Champions league, which is more then can be said for the lot that played in red and white last evenong.

Oh well, roll on UEFA cup.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Film reviews - "Transformers"

Seeing this movie was more important to me then a simple trip to a movie theater. "Transformers" are an important part of my childhood. My family moved to the USA in 1984. Needless to say, I hardly spoke any English and struggled somewhat to fit in. One day I came from school and was flipping channels and could not really watch anything because of the language barrier and somehow a cartoon caught my attention that had two large robots, one red, one white, squaring it off on a top of a damn. I watched the episode all the way in spite of not being able to understand anything they said and I was hooked. The scene I stumbled on was, of course, Optimus Prime and Megatron fighting in the second part of the "More then meets the eye" mini series. For the next two years I spent in the US as a kid I never missed an episode. And I distinctly remember asking myself a couple of times: "I wonder what would a movie look like". Well, a quater of a century later the movie was made and I knew I couldn't miss it.

Now that I saw it, I have somewhat mixed feelings about it. The movie itself is entertaining and exciting enough but it sways away from the original "Transformers" in several cases. Where do I start?

How about from Bumblebee? Why was he made into a Chevrolet Camaro, especially since the Volkswagen Beetle is back in production? (although the message was certainly not lost on us who grew up on the cartoon when in the beggining of the movie Bumblebee parks next to a, you guessed it, yellow Volkswagen Beetle) Nothing would be lost for the story if they stayed true to the original.

Megatron is not a jet! End of story! We all know him as a Walter P38 handgun and so it should have stayed. And Starscream saying "Megatron, I live to serve you"? On what planet? Certainly not on Earth or Cybetron!

At least Optimus Prime is still the good-old red freight truck. The change there was not an option!

Also, humans play a much more proactive role in the movie then in the cartoons and their weapons can hurt the Decepticons, albeit used extensively. This change I don't mind since without it they might as well have made an animated film.

In spite of some changes I personally did not like, I give the movie a thumbs up. It was nice to be 9 years old again, at least for a night.

This explains a lot(providing it is true)

This piece is from the NY Times and the "take it with a pinch of salt" disclaimer is obligatory even for their obituaries but I could not help registering it. It's propably because it is consistent with the Bush administration's total disregard for facts that do not fit his worldview, from the immigration reform through Kosovo and Metohija to Iraq and the Middle East. I suppose telling them that it won't work and that it has never worked before is pointless.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Witch-king's Serie A and Primera Division preview

As of this weekend football season is going into full throttle since the ball will kick off in Italy and Spain, alongside England the world's strongest league competitions. And here are my tips and opinions for both.

Let's start from World champion land. While Italy still basks in the glory of the summer 2006 their present is far from rosy. The "Calciopoli" match-fixing scandal as well as gross financial difficulties of the clubs has taken it's toll on Italian football. Not one major star arrived in Serie A this season, and the biggest transfers were between the Italian clubs. To make things even more converning some top players and most promising youngsters have opted for playing fields of England, Germany and ...udite, udite...Holland!

Inter has reinforced the atack and the defence but still need another midfielder, Milan stubbornly refuses to rejuvenate the defense, Juventus has built a decent team that could surprise and Roma is looking ever more dangerous. Fiorentina are the dark-horse this season. With the return Napoli and Genoa along with Lazio and Palermo the 2007/08 season promises to be much more exciting then the last one. As for predictions, here they are:

Scudetto: Inter - still quite above the rest
Runner-up: Roma - 2nd best but this time with less points beind
3rd and 4th Fiorentina and Milan - I believe in that order
UEFA cup spots: Lazio, Palermo and...well to be defined during the season
Relegations: Siena, Cagliari and one between Atalanta, Genoa, Catania and Empoli

Moving on from the Appenines to the Iberian peninsula things are getting brighter. Spanish Primera has been the most exciting league in Europe last season with 3 teams slugging it out until the very end. It shouldn't have been like that though, but Barcellona's suicide will go down in books. If there was ever a case of a team giving away the title, this was it. Real Madrid won the league just sitting back and doing nothing really and the coach who guided them to this success, Capello, was sacked immediately because the club wanted "something more". Whatever. Barca immediately responded by bringing Henry, the biggest name to come to Spain this summer. Valencia is also reinforced and in Zigic they finally have a strong, tall center-forward they were lacking so much. Atletico spent 80 milion euros on players, it's about time they get something out of it. I doubt that this season will be as thrilling as the last one but it will have it's great games, no doubt. As for predictions:

Champions: Barcellona - I believe even Rijkaard isn't so dumb as to play Henry, Ronaldinho, Messi and Eto'o together, it would be tactical suicide. Plus, there will be nobody to take advantage of their hiccups this time.
Runner-up: Valencia - slightly better then Sevilla
Third: Sevilla - although they murdered Real in the Supercup it seems all is not rosy in their dressing room.
Fourth: Real or Atletico - the two are actually opening the season tommorow. What can I say about them? Real was gifted the league last season but did they learn their lessons? Hell no! They are back to being that old circus under Florentino Peres, buying and selling players without any plan and sacking coaches as if there was no tommorow. As for Atletico, they seem to have faired much better then their crosstown rivals in the transfer market and look superb. But hey, this is Atletico. In 1999 they spent a ton of money and got relegated for their trouble. With them anything is possible.
UEFA cup: Saragosa, La Coruna and some surprise that always happens.
Relegations: Hardly ever straightforward in Spain but Getafe and Mallorca look likely candidates.

Summer is almost over and football is back in town until next may.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

They aren't that dumb

Julia Gorin has quite an amusing comment on the latest claim that it was the muslims who discovered America and how the "dissaffected minorties" should react to this news

There’s a new “White Man” in town! Please direct grievances accordingly.

I doubt they will though. Unlike the liberal leftists they are aware that the "new white man" is far less accomodating then the original one.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Religion or something else?

I caught this statement by former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami via Jihadwatch:

Head of the International Center for Dialogue of Civilizations Mohammad Khatami said on Saturday that failure of the socialist and nationalist movements have led world people to embrace Islam.

The statement has attracted very little attention in the mainstream media, which is not a surprise, but is also ignored and even ridiculed by antijihadist blogs and even the usually astute commenters on Jihadwatch, save a couple, do not understand the implications of these words. Khatami had, intentionally or not, let the cat out of the bag.

Why did Kahatami pick nationalist and socialist movements as ideas replaced by islam? Why didn't he say that the failure of Christianity or Judaism lead people to Islam?

What was the purpose of nationalist and socialist movements around the world? To change the form of governement in the domicile country and beyond according to their ideological postulates. Is this the objective of Islam as well?

Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing inherently bad with the idea of changing the form of governement according to one's ideas, however the movements that seek such a goal can not be considered religious but political and if Islam seeks to subvert the present form of governememnt and replace it with an islamic one in any country it should be treated as a political movement with all strings attached.

Also, I'd like to remind those who are screaming "Christians did it in the past too" as they read this that the only fully fledged Christian theocracy in history is and was the papal state of Vatican and that medieval monarchs were not members of the clergy but simply claimed that their right and the social order of their lands was God-given, a claim that has no support whatsoever in the Christian scriptures. Jesus clearly said in John 18:36 "My kingdom is not of this world". The islamic scriptures, however, clearly deal with the place of women and non-muslims in the islamic society as well as economic and social questions. If these are applied in their totality, it would definitely make Islam something more then just a religion. And this could indeed be a blessing in disguise because if Islam identifies itself as a political movement jihadists would no longer be able to use the victimisation tactic and claim that they are being persecuted on religious grounds and thus gain sympathy among the misguided liberal leftist and globalist activists(yes, among the activists are people who are simply unaware and in the dark about many things; the liberal leftist ideologues are a lost cause and some simply evil) and make it difficult for the globalist media to portray them as noble idealists as they mostly do now.

The biggest problem is that even if Islam does come out as a political movement and not just a religion, the ruling elites of today would continue to close their eyes and stay on the course that is dooming us all. First we have to get rid of them and the worldview they are still imposing on us, the sooner the better. When the danger becomes imminent it may be too late.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Are you sure you want to know?

Taking religious diversity and multiculturalism to a new low, ITV has decided to air Jesus as seen by the Koran. In it is said that Jesus actually promoted islam and that there was no crucifixion or resurrection. That proved to be a bit too much even for the notoriously liberal Anglican church. One of it's canons, Patrick Sookhdeo, even asked:

“How would the Muslim community respond if ITV made a program challenging Muhammad as the last prophet?”

Be careful what questions you ask Mr. Sookhdeo. The answers might be rather unpelasant.

As I was saying a couple of days ago...

...about Manchester United:

...Still without a proper target man and that hurts in the long run whichever way you put it. It is doubtful that C.Ronaldo will score 20 again no matter what outrageous bets he proposes.

Two points and one goal in three games. How's that for QED? Ferguson has 10 days to buy a striker, otherwise I may be proven way too generous with predicting the 2nd place for them.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

10 years of cute vulgarity

On the 13th of August it's been 10 years since two animators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, aired the first adventure of four 9-year olds from South Park, Colorado: Kyle Broslovsky, Stan Marsh, Еric Cartman and Kenny McCormick(who, as it turns, has more lives then a cat). From that moment on everything changed. Children characters on TV were no longer either cute or mischevious but could also be brutal, ruthless and vulgar. Besides this, all inhibitions concerning what can or can not be mocked and what can and can not be said on prime-time were taken out. The show gained legions of fans with it's satirical, comical way of portaying American realities as well as with it's parodies on pop-culture and personalities. Here are my favourite episodes in no particular order.

"Chickenlover" - "You, sir, will respect my authoritah!" Cartman deputises for officer Barbrady while the latter tries to learn how to read and takes his job rather seriously.

"Chickenpox" - Cartman singing "In the getto" as the three boys are going over to Kenny's.

"Cartman's mom is a dirty slut" and "Cartman's mom is still a dirty slut" - cliffhanger in which the question is "Who is Cartman's dad? Is it..." The candidates are just about everyone from the town.

"Scott Tenorman must die" - Cartman's plans usually backfire but when they succeed...Oh dear! In anycase, we'd better not piss Cartman off!

"Good times with weapons" - Poor Butters. And Cartman with his wardrobe malfunction.

"Two days befre the day after tomorrow" - "global warming" hysteria, South Park style.

"Woodland critters Christmas" - There's more to this then the scene where Santa shoots from a pump shotgun.

"Cripple fight" - "Attention shoppers, there is a cripple fight in the parking lot".

"Douche and Turd" - elections in a nutshell.

"Trapped in the closet" - "You are all right but I liked Napoleon Dynamite better"

"Manbearpig" - half man, half bear, half pig.

Since there are no limits to human stupidity I expect Parker and Stone to come up with a lot more in the years to come.

Crying foul over the mess of their own making

You could almost feel sorry for the NATO commander in Kosovo and Metohija while reading his interview . Poor devils, undermanned, underequipped, unable to keep things under control fearing bloodshed and violence...

Shut it, herr Kather! Nobody invited you to Kosovo and Metohija, you invited yourself! Bear the responsibilities that come with that.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Ah, those substitutions

Kosanović got everything right except when he subbed Đorđević for Milovanović. You don't leave the team without strikers, ever! Otherwise the oposition defense moves up and one of the midfielders is freed to go forward. Other then that the improvement over the Levadia game was more then evident. We were composed and organized but we still lack the finishing touch. Young Đorđević did well but lacked support since Rašković was rather poor.

There is place for improvement but more importantly there is time, namely two weeks. I'm sure we'll put them to good use. Napred Zvezdo!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Thanks but no thanks

Ahmedinejad is at it again. This time, telling us that salvation will come only "when islam rules all mankind".

Now, if you think that he is simply being pious(after all, every religious person believes that salvation comes through his or her religion) take a look at the choice of words: islam is supposed to "rule mankind" and muslims should "get ready for global mission of Islam". Since when do religions rule over someone?

Sorry Mahmoud, I think I'll take my chances with Jesus Christ, if you don't mind. My guess is, however, that you do mind.

Wondeful, but the king is not dead just yet

Djoković beats Federer! They said it was in the air but quite honestly I thought they were over the top. On Sunday it was reality. Djoković ha passed another milestone towards greatness. He played awesome tennis and it would have been a pity if he stopped at the final, which incidentally confrimed him as the tie-break king.

It would be a mistake, however, to believe that a major change happened. Federer is till the undisputed number one and Nadal follows closely. In order to break this dichotomy Djoković needs to play in a Grand Slam final, and he is aware of this too. There is no doubt, however, that he is now the "best of the rest"! He has also shown himself to be a champion off court by calmly reacting to the "mistake" of the announcer that proclaimed him a Croat.

To top a wonderful day Ana Ivanović won a WTA Masters tournament. In women's tennis there are no players as dominant as Federer and Nadal which is good on one hand but can make it harder to win trophies on the other since anybody could beat anybody in the WTA top 20. So any title from Ana or Jelena Janković is very much valuable.

And just for the record: a big congratulations to our U18 baksetball team and the waterpolo team for winning their competitions and makig Sunday August 12th truly special.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Witch-king's Premier League preview

It's been a long summer without a World cup or a European championship. While there were UEFA Champion's League and UEFA cup qualifiers in July it is not until the most competitive national championships begin that I consider the football season to have started. The first one to kick-off is the English premiership tommorow and here are my take and predicitons.

The league is steadily becoming more and more competitive and entertaining. With Manchester City and Aston Villa having new owners and Portsmouth and Newcastle also on a spending spree the hopes for more exciting games are high. Everton and Spurs kept their teams intact mostly and made several signings so they can be expected to carry on their good form of late.

Thierry Henry has left the dreary London skies for the sunnier ones in Barcellona. Heinze still hasn't got the hang on the English life, only an idiot would demand to sign for Liverpool from Manchester United. He is now about as popular at Old Trafford as David Duke would be at a rap concert. Liverpool has the biggest signings of the summer especially Torres, United have decided to invest in youth and bring Tevez, Chelsea fans are cursing Abramovich's ex(they should look at the club's books instead for a reason of the lack of spending this summer) and Arsenal have replaced Henry nobody actually.

On the wrong side of the table, look for Wigan, Reading and the newly promoted clubs to be favourites to go down although knowing Roy Keane at least one of those won't going without a fight, literally.

To cut a long story short, here are my predicitons.

Champions: Liverpool. It is now or never again for the Red half of Merseyside! 18 long years have they waited and at last they have a complete team. The strikeforce which was a major weak-point is finally at the top level with Babel and Torres. speaking of the latter I was a bit perplexed that they traded Luis Garcia for him, leaving Liverpool with only Stevie G as someone who can score from the midfield. But days later Rafa Benitez brought in Berkowitz from West Ham. What was that about two great minds? Anyway, they are my tip.

Runners-up: Manchester United. Still without a proper target man and that hurts in the long run whichever way you put it. It is doubtful that C.Ronaldo will score 20 again no matter what outrageous bets he proposes. Their signings, Anderson and Nani, are for the future and Tevez is not a prolific scorer either. Still, they are better then the rest.

Third and fourth: Chelsea and Arsenal, in that order. Abramovich has tightened the purse so no big names were brought to Stamfor bridge this summer. The biggest signing is Florent Malouda, a good player, but hardly someone to take you to the top. Strikeforce is still Drogba and nobody else and Lampard is still stalling with his contract. Doesn't look good for the Blues. Plus, they claim their main ambition is in Europe. Still, if anyone could pull the unexpected it is The Special One. As for Arsenal, loosing Henry is a blow, but they have a distinct style of play that is still, IMO, too much for others.

UEFA Cup spots: ever depending on the cup finals. But the smart money should be on Spurs and Everton.

This season the Premiership promises to be a cracker, stay tuned, I'm sure you won't regret it.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

CAIR's jihad against Robert Spencer

Robert Spencer has indeed hit a few nerves at the Council of American-Islamic Relations. First they try to defame him. Then, in spite of claiming to be a civil liberties group, they try to muzzle him and they got a deserved response. Now they simply go with childish ad hominem attacks from a supposed anti-hate blogger about whom there is quite a lot of unflattering information.

Meanwhile, CAIR officials associate with Muslim Brotherhood and meet Hamas supporters. Among other things...But according to their warped view it is Robert Spencer who preaches hate.

Red Star vs. Rangers, then and now

Well, I slept throught the night and have calmed down...What can I say? We are through, only just, but that counts just as well. And we play against Rangers. And this tie brings back some fond memories and I'm certainly not the only Red Star fan that is thinking so.

It was October 1990...Hard to believe it's been 17 years since then! I only just enrolled in high school and Red Star have disposed of Grasshoppers of Zurich in the first round of the back then still Champions Cup. When I looked at the list of potential opponents in the next round I had a feeling we'd get Rangers and I was right. Back then they were a formidable force full of Scotland and England internationals such as Mo Johnstone, Ally McCoist, Richard Gough, Chris Woods, Mark Hateley, Trevor Steven and were managed by Liverpool and Scotland legend Graeme Souness. An opponent that would indeed show whether that Red Star team had what it takes to win the competition. The first leg was to be played on Red Star stadium, the "Marakana".

I went with two of my uncles, one of which is unfortunately deceased now, we took our seats on the West stand. We arrived over an hour before kick-off and the North stand, Red Star ultras traditional base, was already filled up to capacity in spite of it being a standing area back in those days. Rangers fans were about 3000, situated on the East stand towards the South. It was a party atmosphere throughout, almost anticipating what was about to come. Right from the kick-off Red Star took control. In the 5th minute Prosinečki passed to Radinović on the right flank and his cross forced the usually reliable Gough to score an own goal! A dream start! But all to often ex-Yugoslavia teams started great only to fade further on. But there was none of that from this Red Star. They pressed on, created chance after chance but there were no more goals in the first half and Rangers could have considered themsleves lucky.

Second half brought more of the same. Red Star presses on, Rangers having difficulty to get the ball to the opponent's half. In the 50th minute Stošić is fouled on the left side about 20-25 meters from the Rangers goal. An occasion tailor-made for Prosinečki who duly obliged with one of his free kicks. 2-0! One more and we can go to Glasgow calmly. And it came about a quater of an hour later. Binić and Pančev fooled the entire Rangers defence and the latter scored in his characteristic way. And there could have been more. Much more. Rangers were not just soundly defeated, they were played off the pitch. How superior was Red Star? Well to give you an illustration here's this fact: Ibrox park, known to get behind the team even in seemingly lost causes, was half-empty in the second leg. Rangers fans practically gave up after the first leg. As for the game in Glasgow, Red Star could have won that one as well but the 1-1 draw was enough. Rangers could later console themselves that they lost to the team that in the end won the competition.

Looking back at it, I believe that the first leg of this tie was the game that made everyone at Red Star, the players, technical staff, the management and the fans conscious of their strength and the capability of going all the way. It was the lack thereof which impeded many teams of ex-Yugoslavia in the past of reaching greatness. Needless to say the 1990/91 season(Nick Hornby was right about the slash) is the greatest I've lived through.

That was then, and now? Both teams are not what they used to be and have underachieved in Europe lately. But while Rangers have stumbled somewhat, Red Star precipitated, mostly for reasons that have nothing to do with football. This makes the Scottish club favorites to go to the Champions League in spite of hardly an enchanting performance against Zeta. Red Star have reasonable chances but not if they play like against Levadia. It's 5 days until the game and I know that many consider that to little time to correct anything. But football is a funny old game. In the quater of a century that I follow the game I've seen teams transform from no-hopers to champions in minutes so in 5 days it is possible that Red Star improves dramatically. Whether they have the ability is a different matter. And with the coach yesterday admitting that "he prayed that we do not conceed the third" I am not overly optimistic.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

All is well that ends well

At least that's what I've been trying to convince myself since the final whistle of the Red Star's second leg against Levadia, to very little avail so far. I had a bad feeling about today's game for the entire week and was only just proven incorect! I can not believe we passed only on away goals against a team as modest as that. The half an hour from Levadia's second goal to the end were the longest of my life so far! I almost had a nervous breakdown. Oh, well the sooner I forget the better...Next stop: Rangers at Ibrox park! A tie that brings back some fond memories. More about that tommorow...

Turning everything on it's head

When you take an unpopular opinion and it somehow gets out in the mainstream publication expect a barrage of fire and many of it quite nasty. I am sure that Julia Gorin was well aware of that. She even had previous experiance with her article where she protested the cover-up of Croatia's actions in the near an not-so-near past(e-mails from Croats where she was called "dirty Jew" and told that "they didn't finish the job" were particularly brilliant). But I doubt anything could prepare her for what came upon her in the past couple of weeks.

Two US soldiers serving in Kosovo and Metohija were not happy with some of Julia's articles that explain what is really going on there. What those two wrote was a prime example of a propagandist tract coupled with vicious ad hominem attacks. Julia was deemed a "liar", a "predator" that "abuses the trust of a poor soldier" and "takes a dump on soldiers that protect her freedoms".

Julia took some time and conjured up her response. All the claims she makes there and in previous articles for which she is criticised are meticulously documented. Furthermore, Julia, again with facts and sources to back her up, debunks many claims that the two soldiers make some of which are pure sophistry and others, such as the assertion that "the KLA no longer exists", are downright silly.

It seems to me that the uniform has gone into the head of those two and think it makes them infallible and exempt from critical observation. But why should we be surprised? The public debate has long since been relegated to false dichotomies over just about every issue making it practically impossible to solve any of them. Which is why they will all blow up in the faces of all of us, not just those who created the problems in the first place.


If you are from the USA or following closely American sports you know what the number is about, as well as the asterisk and have a pretty good idea already on what my opinion is. If not, well, just read the whole entry...

So Bonds does it finally. Now that the hype is over we could get back to what matters in baseball, like division and playoff races. But talk about not having face...

Bonds still maintains the record is legitimate:"It's not tainted at all. Period". Clearly baseball fans would beg to differ. Even if no allegations of steroid use and an investigation for perjury existed you only need to look at the stats to suspect that something fishy went on. I mean, come on...Does it seem believable that somebody who hit an average of 37 HRs per season in the late nineties passes to 73 in 2001 purely due to conventional methods? That is practically a 100% jump! I remember when I used to live in the US Major League's HR king for the 1985 season was Tigers' Darrel Evans with 41(I believe) home-runs and back then it was considered quite a feat. But all of a sudden in the nineties people were starting to hit 50+ like it was nobody's business. And at first Bonds bemoaned the likes of McGwire, but then took the "you can't beat them, join them" line. And no, the "everybody did it" defense line doesn't cut it. What "everybody" did had nothing to do with the game that was graced by Cobb, Ruth, Gehrig, Di Maggio, Robinson, Mays, Williams, Koufax and many, many more. Talking of the "good old days"...Is it any coincidence that the longest standing records in baseball, Di Maggio's 56 straight games with at least one hit and Ted Williams' .406 batting average, represent the highest virtue of a true athlete: consistency? 60 years on nobody is getting within a mile of those and is not likely to.

They may be media-generated hype over the record now, but I believe that in 20 or so years the jury of baseball fans all around will have many a reasonable doubt over Barry Bonds.

Silly me to think they had sense

UEFA has confirmed the ousting of "Partizan". And for a moment they seemed actually human. They say they wanted to be consistent. Yeah, consistent in idiocy.

I also read that Zrinjski is "overjoyed" with the decision. It takes some nerve to be after an 11:1 defeat over two legs.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

"Dath" to Tancredo, Bush, Obama...

...and many more...

Spelling is not their strong point, however. What I am interested is: where is the "islamic rage boy"? This is an occasion tailor-made for him!

Monday, August 06, 2007

12 years

No we haven't forgotten...In spite of the best efforts of the so-called "democratic forces" and NGOs. And we won't let them get away with it no matter how much they celebrate their criminal enterprise. And just when they stop looking over their shoulder, they will get what they deserve.

Friday, August 03, 2007

My heart is bleeding for him

Remember Abu Hamza? In case you don't, he is the Finsbury park imam who stated some less then complimentary remarks(extremely mildly put) about infidels. Well, the illustrious Mr. Hamza is not a happy jihadist these days. While serving a sentence for incitement to murder, he is complaining about...racism and "islamophobia" towards him from other inmates!

And that's not all. He claims they took his hook away from him(why does he need a hook instead of the regular prostheses? He was auditioning for "Pirates of the Carribean"?), that he has no soft furnishing(didn't they tell him that prison is no luxury hotel?), that he had to change his cell in spite of not being able to walk(ever hear of crawling?), that they served pork to him for meals(actually, they didn't but they certainly should have). His representatives also claim that "he fears he could die behind bars"(don't worry, we infidels are of no such luck).

I don't know about you but I was really touched by the account of this man's "plight", touched to tears...of joy and laughter! And when you read his sermons where he says that "Serb blood is dear to Allah" and that "the Jews are cursed and that Hitler was sent by Allah to torture and humiliate them" I'm sure, if you are a normal person, that the fact that Hamza is having a real torrid time inside will bring a smile to your face. Here's hoping they make him pick up the soap soon.

Now I understand

I see now why UEFA had the second leg of Partizan vs. Zrinjski played. Who in his right mind wants a pathetic, shambolic bunch like Zrinjski in their competition?I think that a Serbian 4th league team would brush them aside relatively easily.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

"Combat slamophobia" say the socialists of the EU

Here we go again, the left in the European Union attending to everybody's grievances except of those of the indigenous population in Europe. This time they are out to fight against the so-called islamophobia. Here's what the sages of the left say:

European socialist organizations have decided to stem the increasing Islamophobia in Europe by breaking the monopoly on the debate which has, up until now, primarily belonged to far-right and ultranationalist groups.

As usual, they attempt to smear anyone who talks critically of islam and muslims with nasty epithets.

Prejudices against Islam and Muslims, who have sometimes been referred to as the “enemy within” by far-right elements, have been on the rise since Sept. 11, and also exacerbated in the wake of the al-Qaeda inspired terrorist attacks of March 11 in Spain and July 7 in Britain. An Islamophobic backlash was perceived in the publication of controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper, with Pope Benedict XVI’s much publicized statement on the “violent” nature of Islam, for which he later apologized, further stoking the flames of anger.

Wow, that was one slow backlash, some 5 years or so after the original incident. And some backlash it was indeed: a couple of cartoons and a quote from a medieval Byzantine emperor. Meanwhile the backlash to the backlash brought threats of beheading and mayhem.

The committee, which held its first meeting at the beginning of July, will have six fact-finding missions to European countries to interview Muslims. The results will be published in a report which will then be used in the election manifestoes of socialist parties in the European Parliament elections in 2009.

I wonder if they are going to ask them about Quran, 9:5 or 5:51? How about 47:4, 8:67 or 9:29? And then they could move on to the Hadith...

“Muslims lived together with Christians in Spain and Bosnia for centuries.

That's right, and no organized crime existed in Russia in during Stalin's rule. This beats David Irving in half-truth history.

There is one thing I do agree with these people. They believe that soon Europe will be Judeo-christian-islamic. But if that happens, the first two components will be destined to disappear.


That is my reaction to Red Star's Champions League 1st round qualifier against Estonian Levadia. It was a pathetic display second to very few. The team has no chemistry and cohesiveness plus some players are simply unworthy of the shirt. Who in the world brought Barcos to the club? And Tutorić...How bad can other central defenders be when he plays? Koroman, Lucas and Ranđelović were the only ones worth of some praise, the rest were dross. Luckily, the oposing team is truly pathetic and we won through a terrible mistake by their goalkeeper, but what I saw from Red Star gives no reason for optimism at all.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Taking back what was blurted out

UEFA came to it's senses a bit, in spite of the sycophantic attitude taken by Partizan board and the Serbian FA, and suspended the ban on the club for the time being. While the ban is not fully lifted it can be said with 90% propability that, unless there are grave incidents in the second leg against Zrinski, Partizan will go on to play this season in Europe.

So what happened? What made them change their minds? My take is that, faced with heavy pressure from the Serbian public, angered by the sheer double-standards of the decision regardless of which club they support(even Red Star ultras denounced bitterly the UEFA decision), FA chairman Terzić and the Partizan board took the balls out of their pockets(pardon the language but I am a football fan, you know) and crawled out to present the club's case and call in a couple of favours with their UEFA counterparts. By the way, they can drop dead regardless! They wouldn't have lifted a finger if it was up to them, they are a binch of spineless opportunists. I'll only change my opinion on them if they show in the future that they have learned something from this.

"Bush Policies Promote Global Jihad"

You think that the title is outlandish and off-the-wall? Well, not that I'm trying to deflect criticism to someone else, but I didn't coin this up. Rather it was Cliff Kincaid from "Accuracy in Media" in his latest column. And the author is no "leftist liberal" but a lifelong conservative activist.

Now that you have read what Kincaid says, can you find something that is wrong in his logic or something that is untrue?

Of course, there will be rebukes such as:"But Bush sent the military to fight Al-Qaeda". Yes, sent them completely ideologically unprepared for that fight by not identifying the enemy properly, replacing global jihad with some "war on terror" in order not to upset his friends in Saudi Arabia. As a result the US military is almost as ignorant about the nature of the conflict as he is and has lead to the situation where, as Kincaid says:

...American soldiers, many of them Christians, are giving their lives and limbs to prop up a Muslim government that encourages or tolerates religious persecution against Christians.

Another favourite soundbite of hard-core Bush partisans is that "Bush had a noble idea with promoting democracy". To that I reply: even if this is true, so what? Hell, paved, good intentions...These words ring any bells? The enfatuation of Bush and those that influence him with this democratization delusion has brought up an islamic client-state of Iran without the latter having to fire a single shot. Not to mention that the case for a fight against global jihad has been seriously weakened by Bush's insertion of his own agenda inside it and the failure thereof.

The obvious question posing itself now is: why does Bush persist in this policy? He simply has to. Reversing the trend would mean giving up on something he has been trying to sell to the public since the preparation for the Iraq war, it would mean the realization that not all people desire freedom and democracy and that they are not the universal solutions to all the world's problems. These are ideas that many in Washington built their entire careers on and they must not see them fail even at the price of putting an entire civilization in serious jeopardy.