What is it with dicators and their portraits? Are they so narcissistic that they must see themselves everywhere?
Captain Ed points us to a story about civil defense orders signed by Kim Jong Il himself directing the movement of his many portraits and busts to secure areas in underground bunkers if the U.S. attacks.
Michelle Malkin has a copy of a spam letter that looks as if it were copied from the infamous Niger letter.
My name is Marco Nula; I am a victim of the recent Earthquake followed by the Tsunami that wrecked our whole society of Banda Aceh Province in Indonesia resulting in painful death of my Parents.
My Late Father Mr. Alfredo Nula is from Paramaribo in Suriname (South America) and my Mother from Banda of Aceh Province in Indonesia, they got married in Suriname because Indonesia like Suriname was a colony of The Netherlands, but they moved to settle in Indonesia when my Sister and I were born and because Indonesia has better economy than Suriname, but my Sister and I was away in School in the Capital Jakarta when this sorrowful incidence happened to my late parents and all other Families affected by the Quake and the Tsunamis all around Sumatra and Aceh Province.
Read the rest.
Updated: From two previous posts: Captain Ed at Captain’s Quarters has designated January 12th World Relief Day (direct link to the Captain’s Campaign. As of 7:30 am CST on 1/13/05 it’s at $34,223.16! ) and Donald Sensing at One Hand Clapping forwards a request from Chief Wiggles for Relief Kits that are easy to assemble and FedEx will pick up for free.
Saudi Cleric Muhammed Al-Munajjid in an interview blamed the tsunami on Christmas.
Memri has an excerpt of an interview with him (with video clip #452 [no permalink to video]):
Al-Munajjid: The problem is that the (Christian) holidays are accompanied by forbidden things, by immorality, abomination, adultery, alcohol, drunken dancing, and… and revelry. A belly dancer costs 2500 pounds a minute and a singer costs 50,000 pounds an hour, and they hop from one hotel to another from night to dawn. Then he spends the entire night defying Allah.
Haven’t they learned the lesson from what Allah wreaked upon the coast of Asia, during the celebration of these forbidden? At the height of immorality, Allah took vengeance on these criminals.
Those celebrating spent what they call “New Year’s Eve” in vacation resorts, pubs, and hotels. Allah struck them with an earthquake. He finished off the Richter scale. All nine levels gone.
Tens of thousands dead. It was said that they were tourists on New Year’s vacation who went to the crowded coral islands for the holiday period, and then they were struck by this earthquake, caused by the Almighty Lord of the worlds. He showed them His wrath and His strength. He showed them His vengeance. Is there anyone learning the lesson? Is it impossible that we will be struck like them? Why do we go their way? Why do we want to be like them, with their holidays, their forbidden things, and their heresy?
Why would this “punishment” be given to all the children who lost parents and all the parents who lost children? The people who lost everything they owned? The people who have to worry that they might starve or be stricken by disease after surviving the tsunami? All those who aren’t Christian (many more than are in that part of the world)? Why indeed would God “punish” those celebrating the birth of His Son?
And if the tourists were celebrating New Year’s Eve why “strike” on Christmas – 6 days before?
Donald Sensing at One Hand Clapping points us to another way to help with tsunami aid.
However, cash donations remain “most effective” way to
Chief Wiggles (aka Army Chief Warrant Officer Paul
Horton), who founded Operation Give while serving in
Iraq, just announced he has arranged for free FedEx relief flights to aid tsunami victims.
Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous new year!