Busy doing the Halloween thing, enjoy:
A new respiratory illness similar to the Sars virus that spread globally in 2003 and killed hundreds of people has been identified in a man who is being treated in Britain.
The 49-year-old man, who was transferred to a London hospital by air ambulance from Qatar, is the second person confirmed with the coronavirus.
The first case was a patient in Saudi Arabia who has since died.
Officials are still determining what threat the new virus may pose.
The World Health Organization has not recommended any travel restrictions.
Prof John Watson, head of the respiratory diseases department at the UK’s Health Protection Agency, said: “In the light of the severity of the illness that has been identified in the two confirmed cases, immediate steps have been taken to ensure that people who have been in contact with the UK case have not been infected, and there is no evidence to suggest that they have.
“Further information about these cases is being developed for healthcare workers in the UK, as well as advice to help maintain increased vigilance for this virus.”
He said there was no specific evidence of the virus spreading from person to person and he had no advice for the public or returning travellers.
Peter Openshaw, director of the Centre for Respiratory Infection at Imperial College London, told Reuters that at this stage the novel virus looked unlikely to prove a concern, and may well only have been identified due to sophisticated testing techniques.
Sure it is. This is punishment for their barbarity. Look for scientist to get more concerned at this in a year or so. Though why we would care is anyone’s guess.
This is why I don’t join conservative women’s groups. A recent post by a blogger at the Smart Girl Politics site only goes to prove that some women calling themselves smart and conservative miss the boat by miles on both counts.
Louise Butler, who describes herself as a Republican Lutheran, in her post Witches in Georgia; Nuts in Texas, relates a story of a Wiccan woman from Georgia who got a restraining order against a man who was stalking her. She apparently met this man through a dating ad where she stated her religion. The author has this to say:
“She was then shocked that she didn’t attract an intelligent, emotionally mature male. Instead she got a weird, obsessive stalker. Whom did she think she was going to get?”
I’m not suggesting that Wiccans and Pagans in general can’t be immature or criminal. But I have no idea about the Georgia woman’s maturity level. Since the author of the post didn’t mention interviewing her or give any other indication of how she knows her character, then I have to assume she’s basing her judgment strictly on religion.
But before I get to the rank religious bigotry of Ms. Butler, I want to address another glaringly obvious issue that seems to have escaped her. Stalkers come from all backgrounds. Her comment stops just short of the old “well, her skirt was so short, so she deserved what she got” canard. Whether or not you believe dating sites are a bad idea (and I may tend to agree depending on the circumstances), the man himself is responsible for his actions and stalking is hardly a Wiccan-only phenomenon.
Christianity is the majority religion in this country. Is she seriously suggesting that all rapes, stalking incidents and molestations are committed by people who don’t share her religion?Not one Christian is a stalker?
Ms. Butler seems to think that people who believe in witchcraft should go the way of the dinosaur. I say so should the idea that a victim of stalking is to blame for the crime committed against her. I realize that feminism is an “F” word for many conservative women. But accusing the victim of a crime of causing it by virtue of her religious beliefs is an attitude from the dark ages. How is this conservative in any way? For that matter, how is this attitude even remotely Christian? Aren’t conservatives the ones pointing out the war on women by radical Muslims when liberals keep their heads in the sand on this issue? Don’t American women who have different religious beliefs than Ms. Butler deserve the same protections that conservatives think all Muslim women should be getting?
As far as her religious ignorance, I don’t know where to begin. The woman compares people calling themselves witches to people who believe the earth is flat. She says:
“I realize that I am probably not being as tolerant as the times require, but it seems to me that any adult who calls herself a witch should not be expected to be taken seriously.”
Again, this is why I don’t join conservative women’s groups. I don’t expect there to be some great sisterhood that has my back. But if I’m a victim of a crime, I expect a conservative woman to blame the criminal and not me unless she’s a throwback to the 1950s. This post on the main Smart Girl Politics site shows me that expectation is naïve.
The ironic thing is that the post before hers is promoting a rally for religious freedom. Another bit of irony is the ending to another post of hers in which she scolds conservatives supporting Rush Limbaugh’s terrible behavior towards Sandra Fluke. She says, “Be calm, be civil and keep the faith.” Unfortunately, she comes off as just another Christian woman who doesn’t practice what she preaches.
I’m not asking that the conservative tent get bigger. I’m simply suggesting that all conservative women look up from the ground every now and then. When they do, they will see that the tent already includes people who may not share their religion but do share their respect for the ideals of American liberty and we might just get along because of that mutual respect.
This afternoon I watched the former head of the South Carolina Democratic Party claim that Christine O’Donnell was a fringe character because she “was a Witch,” which he screamed as if it was synonymous with pedophile. The left, returning to their Satanic Panic roots, has been trying hard to smear O’Donnell as insane because of her supposed association with Satanism or Wicca or Witchcraft or some combination of the three.
O’Donnell herself responded to the flap by not only doubling down on her highly dubious story, but implying that one of her critics on the right, Karl Rove, was himself a Satanist. Both sides of the political spectrum seems to take for granted that O’Donnell’s story of picnicking on a “Satanic altar” as part of her “dabbling” in Witchcraft to be true.
It isn’t. For the record, this is a real Satanic altar:
Yes, my friends, that’s a naked woman. A naked woman has historically been the “altar” of any Satanic group even before Anton LaVey formed his Church of Satan. References to this in literature, the works of Huysmans come to mind, had solidified this in occult circles for many years and Inquisitorial accounts of Satanism and The Black Mass are explicit about the need for a nude woman for these rites. While nowadays there are many non-LaVeyian Satanists, in the time frame O’Donnell’s supposed picnic happened one would have been hard pressed to find any Satanist other than LaVeyian, and if there’s not a naked woman involved it ain’t the Church of Satan!
Further, you’d also be hard pressed to find Satanists and Wiccans who associated with each other at that time. The Church of Satan is explicit in its denouncement of Wicca, even working in their disdain for Wiccans in their official rituals. With good reason it turns out, since Wiccans sided with Christians during the Satanic Panic to claim Satanists were indeed part of a world wide network of conspirators who committed horrible crimes. This forerunner to the 9/11 Truth movement, the so called Satanic Ritual Abuse movement, is still popular on the Internet, especially among the left and paleo-con falangists. O’Donnell claims that she was affiliated with Witches but had no idea Witchcraft, Wicca and Satanism were three different things?
Which all is just a quick way to point out that Christine O’Donnell’s whole story about dabbling in Witchcraft and Satanism and picnicking on altars and the restÂ is a tall tale woven by a person who has no idea what she’s talking about.
But everyone is taking her seriously, and that’s the problem.
O’Donnell’s narrative is stolen from books like Michelle Remembers and is the same stance the right attacked Martha Coakley for having when she kept an innocent man in jail for years. People forget that the Satanic Panic destroyed lives, not of Satanists but of anyone accused by someone of being one. Most were innocent, as are the people O’Donnell’s smearing now, who were no doubt a couple of goths she hung around. If they existed at all.
Right now there is a growing number of right leaning Pagans, one was elected to office recently in Queens and is serving with distinction. O’Donnell is doing what leftist Wiccans have claimed the right does for years, falsely accusing Pagans in general of being Satanists and implying that Satanists are involved in criminality. The latter has been debunked by the F.B.I. and the former is not an example of center right thought, love of the Constitution and Freedom or strong moral fiber. Pagans on the right deserve to be as welcome in the Tea Party as everyone else, and O’Donnell, perhaps unwittingly, is undermining their ability to unite with fellow conservatives.
I was at the first (and second) Tea Party in Greenville, South Carolina. I am a supporter of many conservative groups, a proud Republican and a Pagan. O’Donnell and her supporters seem to take the same dim view Leftists do off my existence, which bothers me and should bother all people on the right.
At this point people have little choice but to support O’Donnell or accept a Marxist who has even been attacked by far left activists as too authoritarian. But the Tea Party could have, and should have, done better. In the next election they must because O’Donnell is not a lover of freedom or America, but a kook who disseminates Alex Jonesian fabrications designed to smear a significant number of Americans.
Is that what the Tea Party stands for?
Sheikh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid is a well known Muslim scholar who lectures on all things theology concerning Islam. Much of his advice is issued through a site called Islam Q&A where Muslims write in questions and he issues Fatwas concerning the various things Muslims concern themselves with.
Witchcraft, due to the large Neo-Pagan populations in America and Europe, is something that many Muslims are concerned with. As such Islam Q&A has an entire section devoted just to we Witches and Warlocks. In that section one Muslim writes this question:
Is it permissible for him to kill practitioners of witchcraft without the permission of the authorities?
Witchcraft is widespread in our land and they annoy and harm the people. Is it permissible to kill them so that the people will be spared their evil?
Please note that our government allows them to work and takes taxes from them.
Praise be to Allaah
Clearly the reference to tax collection means this person is talking about a Western country where we Pagans are tax paying citizens. The good Sheikh’s answer? Yes.
But don’t worry, he says that without a a “ruler” to order the punishments individuals aren’t allowed to carry it out themselves. So here in America we Witches can’t be killed … yet. But if Muslims established a Sharia community here with a recognized authority, it’ll be burning time.
Hey, it’s not like any well respected Imams have ever said America can be Sharia compliant is it?