The first one goes to Madonna who, after a two-decade hiatus, is finally controversial again. In a departure from her opposite-of-controversial bashing of Christians, military, and Republicans, she has finally taken a real and unequivocal stand for the only Jewish and therefore pariah state of Israel, ending her last concert there by draping herself in the Israeli flag and meeting even with non-left politicians this time. Worse, she didn’t bother to give equal time during her Middle East visit to the killers of Jews the way every other “balanced” personage does. I’m starting to think that maybe she really is the mother of the messiah, as her name alludes, and perhaps does receive messages from the Other Side, as she claims, to impart to us benighted masses. Though one still wonders what divine inspiration led to the name of her current tour, “Sticky and Sweet”. Still, she’s come a long way since 2004, when she cancelled her three Israel concerts after receiving threats to her and her family from the killers of Jews, who complain now that she didn’t visit with them on this trip.

After thanking Madonna, I think we can thank Sir Paul McCartney for setting an example last year when he refused to cave in to threats by an Islamic cleric in Lebanon that suicide operatives would greet him if he went through with the Tel Aviv concert — as always reinforced by ‘peaceful’ Palestinian groups asking him to cancel the show. Essentially, his response (to be read in a British accent) was: “Excuse me, what? Hello, I’m Paul McCartney, and you are? what? terrorists? — what’s that?”

Thank you for putting things right, Sir Paul. And let’s always remember Rule Number One of the CIVILIZATION we built: CELEBRITY TRUMPS TERRORISM, BITCHES!

In contrast to these celebs of conscience, who actually put life and limb on the line to take a stand for democratic ideals, we have Jane Fonda, who continues with her far safer variety of “controversy”, this time adding Israel-bashing to her otherwise America-bashing repertoire. She, along with some 50 other activists, signed “a declaration that condemns Israel as an ‘apartheid regime’ and dismisses the work of Tel Aviv filmmakers as ‘Israeli propaganda,’” in protest of the Toronto International Film Festival’s spotlight on Tel Aviv filmmakers.

Ironically, the film of the dumbass that started the boycott of the festival is about the Muslims who shut down the queer festival last year in Sarajevo — where gays got almost as bad a reception as they do in “Palestine,” from which gays haul their busy asses to Israel, where the separation fence keeps them safe. This is something that was pointed out by Emmy award-winning Israeli-Canadian filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici, who added, “‘It seems that nothing the Jews do is right and nothing the enemies of the Jews do is wrong.’…The idea of an Israeli apartheid is also ‘a lie,’ said Mr. Jacobovici, noting that 1 million Palestinians live in Israel (about 20 percent of Israel’s population), ‘while not one Jew lives in the Territories or is even buried there because they have disinterred those bodies.’”

At least I can thank Jane Fonda for breaking the media taboo that will allow me to publicly call her a cunt.

On to the next kudo. In San Antonio, Judge Sharon Keller’s career is at stake in a “misconduct trial” because she declined to keep court open late so that a last-minute pre-execution appeal could be made — and says she would do it again:

…Lawyers for convicted killer Michael Wayne Richard had asked for more time to file an appeal on the day of his execution. They sought a reprieve based on a Supreme Court decision that morning to review whether Kentucky’s means of lethal injection was constitutional.

Keller received a phone call at 4:45 p.m. asking to keep the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals open past 5 p.m. She said no twice in the conversation, which lasted less than two minutes.

Richard, twice convicted of the 1986 rape and slaying of a Houston-area nurse and mother of seven, was executed at 8:23 p.m. that day. He was the last Texas inmate to be executed until the Supreme Court reaffirmed months later that lethal injection was acceptable.

Keller is facing five counts of judicial misconduct that could lead to her removal from the bench. She says Richard was not refused a final appeal, because his attorneys could have filed directly with a judge on the nine-member court after-hours.

“You declined to allow any grace period?” asked Mike McKetta, the prosecuting lawyer for the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

“I declined to keep the clerk’s office open past closing time,” Keller responded.

Keller said earlier Wednesday that there was no legitimate reason to keep the court open because his attorneys had “all day” to file and also had other options.

Richard’s sister and two other family members shook their head at times while listening to Keller, the presiding judge of the state’s highest criminal appeals court….On the morning of Richard’s scheduled lethal injection, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review a case that challenged whether a three-drug combination Kentucky used in executions was constitutional. Lawyers for Richard, who had had numerous earlier appeals denied, sought a reprieve based on that because Texas uses a similar lethal cocktail.

Keller said she knew about the move by the Supreme Court on Richard’s execution day. Asked if she held a general view that last-minute pleadings in death-row cases are often less substantial, she agreed.

“They do tend to be voluminous and meritless,” Keller said.

Richard’s never-filed appeal provoked a nationwide outcry against Keller, nicknamed “Sharon Killer” among critics for her tough-on-crime reputation. Lawyers filed complaints to the state and one state lawmaker tried to have Keller impeached. […]

Now, back to that far scarier, more insidious and pervasive thing than Texas killers.

In an item I missed last month, a Florida church reminded America what’s what when it posted signs reading: “ISLAM IS OF THE DEVIL.”

Refreshingly, uniquely ballsy and honest. And when CAIR came a-calling, the pastor wasn’t impressed. From the blog Islam in Action:

The Gainsville Florida Church which has recently put up a sign that stated “Islam is of the Devil”, was approached by the Hamas supporters, the Council on American Islamic Relations, (CAIR). CAIR of course wanted the Church to take the sign down but the Church stayed strong and told them no. I applaud them.

Islamic advocate holds a meeting with Dove Outreach pastor over sign
Ramzy Kiliç was unable to persuade Terry Jones to take the sign down.

An advocate for the Muslim community in Florida, during a one-on-one meeting Tuesday, was unable to persuade the senior pastor of Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville to remove a sign that reads “Islam is of the devil.”

“I was pleased that at least he was making the bridge to meet with me,” said Ramzy Kiliç, Tampa’s executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “It doesn’t seem like (taking down the sign) is going to happen, and he didn’t want to know more about Islam.”

Kiliç met with Jones for about 25 minutes Tuesday at the Dove World Outreach Center, 5805 N.W. 37th St., which has a series of hand-painted signs that read in red “Islam is of the devil.”

Senior Pastor Terry Jones was not available for an interview Tuesday.

Jones told The Sun at the beginning of the month that the sign was “an act of saying there is only one way, and that is actually what Christianity is about. It is about pointing the people in the right direction, and that right direction is Jesus and only Jesus.”

Jones called the sign a “great act of love.”

Kiliç said his concern isn’t based on the fact that the sign is offensive to him personally, but rather the fear that it might galvanize a subset of the population to act violently against a Mosque or even worse a Muslim individual.

“I don’t think (Terry Jones) had any intent to be hateful to Muslims, but I just think he sees the Bible as the only way to God,” Kiliç said of Jones and the church.

Kiliç said that Jones demonstrated very little knowledge about Islam during the meeting. […]

As usual, it’s not a lack of understanding of Islam that bothers the likes of CAIR. It’s when folks understand it all too well.

As for Kilic’s feigned fear of something violent happening to Muslims as a result of the signs, he must have us infidels confused with Muslims. Finally, it was nice of Kilic to give Pastor Jones the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the signs being less about Islam per se, and more about Jesus being the only way. But notice that the signs didn’t read, “Judaism is of the Devil” or “Buddhism is of the Devil.”

Thank god for the Christians who remain un-duped and still know what’s what. In a footnote to the news item above, let’s just note the name of the CAIR representative: Ramzy Kilic. Another “non-Muslimy” Balkans Muslim, perhaps? And Kilic has had a busy summer, apparently. He weighed in on an incident last week in which a high school girl reprimanded a Muslim girl for wearing a hijab and not standing during the Pledge, though it’s disputed as to whether the girl did or didn’t stand. A WND item about the incident recalled that Kilic “successfully pressured CBS in 2007 to suspend a Christian television program that had been airing in the Tampa, Fla., market for four years.” America, Bosnia thanks you.

Our final kudo of the summer goes to the Dutch, the only Europeans fighting the Beast.

Dutch university fires Islamic scholar Ramadan

A Dutch university fired Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan on Tuesday for hosting a show on Iran’s state television, which the school said could be seen as endorsing the regime.

Ramadan — known as a reformist who condemns terrorism, seeks to modernize Shariah law and urges Muslims living in Europe to integrate — has recently been criticized in the Dutch press for allegedly voicing more conservative views for Muslim audiences than he does in the West.

Both the City of Rotterdam and Erasmus University dismissed Ramadan from his positions as “integration adviser” and professor, saying his program “Islam & Life” airing on Iran’s Press TV is “irreconcilable” with his duties in Rotterdam.

Ramadan “continued to participate in this program even after the elections in Iran, when authorities there hard-handedly stifled the freedom of expression,” Rotterdam and the university said in a joint statement.

It said Ramadan had “failed to sufficiently realize the feelings that participation in this television program, which is supported by the Iranian government, might provoke in Rotterdam and beyond.” He had worked at the university since 2007.

Ramadan has lectured in France, England and the United States, and also has had trouble with the U.S. government.

He had his U.S. visa revoked in 2004 shortly before he was to receive tenure at Notre Dame University in Indiana. He was denied entry to the U.S. in 2006 on the grounds that he had given $1,336 to a charity linked to Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization.

Ramadan had opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq and said he sympathizes with the resistance there and in the Palestinian territories. He also was among the most prominent Muslims to condemn the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

Condemning terrorism while spreading the caliphate through non-violent means. Yeah, that’s really hard.