Abdul Nacer Benbrika
$50,000 a year for this terrorist shows the suicidal tendency of the Australian state

It is official – The government of Australia is as stupid as the government of Britain. The wife of a terrorist ‘suspect’ is recieving $50,000 a year in welfare payments while her terrorist husband is in jail charged with a terrorist plot.

AUSTRALIA’S 22 terror suspects and their families receive more than $1 million a year in taxpayer-funded welfare and legal aid.

And simply because the men were locked up, their families received a social security pay rise of as much as $1700 a year.

One of the jailed Melbourne men, Abdul Nacer Benbrika — leader of a radical group of Islamists — has been in Australia for 10 years and has never had a job.

So this ingrate comes to Australia, works not a single day and pays not a single cent of income tax, then feels free to preach Jihad? The nerve!

Taxpayers provide his wife with almost $50,000 a year in welfare.

I think the average yearly wage in Australia is around $30,000 to $35,000.

Mr Benbrika was among 13 Melbourne men charged with belonging to a terrorist organisation.

Of Algerian descent, he has a Lebanese-born wife and seven children.

Under Centrelink rules, she is entitled to almost $50,000 a year in welfare while her husband is in prison, awaiting trial.

I see it now. Come to a country where the foolish infidels will pay you to breed your own Jihad army.

His family is not the only one, either.

Ahmed Raad, another Melbourne suspect, has a child and his wife is entitled to about $21,500 a year, as are the wives of Ezzit Raad and Abdullah Merhi.

The wife of another suspect, Hany Taha, who has three children, is entitled to up to $30,000 a year.

Among nine Sydney suspects charged with conspiracy to carry out a terrorist attack was engineer Mohamed Ali Elomar, 40. He has five children and his wife is entitled to about $38,000 a year in taxpayer payments.

Omar Baladjam, a former actor on the ABC TV program Wildside, has two children.

Some people are angry about it but I doubt it will make a difference because they completely miss the point.

People Against Lenient Sentencing president Steve Medcraft said it was an insult to law-abiding battling families.

“Why would you get an increased benefit when you go to jail? That’s an insult to law and order,” Mr Medcraft said.

“It never ceases to amaze me the way the system always favours the accused.

“You go to jail, get three meals a day and free dental, medical and optical and your family gets an increased benefit.”

Crime Victims Support Association spokesman Noel McNamara described the payments as disgraceful and said welfare benefits should be suspended when someone was charged with terrorism offences.

“It is ludicrous that someone who is an alleged terrorist should receive benefits,” he said.

“It should be immediately suspended and if they are found not guilty, pay it out then.”

No, Mr McNamara. The existence of these kinds of welfare payments only encourages excessive breeding by the wrong kind of people. I dont think I have heard of a terrorist suspect that was not on welfare. Our foolish system of social welfare attracts the very people that are least likely to contribute to it.

Lets make no bones about it – this guy has been preaching Jihad against infidels (including Australians) for years before he got caught red handed in organising terrorist attacks. And we foolish Australians keep on encouraging more to come! I dont blame them for wanting to commit terrorist attacks because our policy of multiculturalism encourages them to maintain a medieval culture and hostility towards Australians and Australian culture.

No doubt Muslims in Australia question the right to exist of a country that refuses to fight. I do too. Australians need to learn that “Muslims do not bite the hand they cannot cut off

Posted by Matt, filed under finger chopping wacky, War on Terror. Date: May 31, 2006, 3:44 am | 5 Comments »

george bush
Can you explain the actions of this President?

Randall Parker from Parapundit has a great post about the puzzling behavior of President George Bush. I am not anti-American (criticism of George Bush is not anti-Americanism either, although some people try to dress up their anti-Americanism as criticism of him), and neither is Randall, but President Bush’s behavior in my opinion could not hurt American interests more than if that was his aim. The Parapundit post makes some far fetched but funny attempts to explain what President Bush is up to.

El Presidente Jorge W. Bush has become something of an enigma in American politics. However did he manage to become such an unrelentingly bad President of the United States? What motivates him to pursue so many policies harmful to the United States of America? I’ve made comments here asking why our elites hate us and want to replace us. Noted evolutionary theorist Greg Cochran, responding specifically about Bush, advances some hypotheses to explain the destruction derby that is the Bush Presidency. First he points to one of Bush’s quotes for a clue:

“Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.” – George W. Bush

Then Greg lists various possible explanations for Bush’s otherwise seemingly inexplicable behavior as President:

  • There could be other explanations than hating us. He might have some really important goal in mind, a goal that’s a lot more important than the fate of the United States—a goal so obviously more important that we’d cheer on our own destruction if we only understood. Or maybe Iraq is part of a subtle yet reasonable plan that just can’t be explained in public. — I mean, if everyone knew that we were searching for that buried spaceship and/or time machine in Ur of the Chaldees, if everyone knew we had fought our way into the Garden of Eden and were right now analyzing the DNA of the Tree of Life (along with that of some cherubim that couldn’t stand up to 6,000 rounds a minute of 30 millimeter DU), probably it’d ruin everything.
  • Even if he does hate us, well, maybe we deserve it. Ever think of that? He could be God’s judgment on us. Maybe it’s
    self-reinforcing. He pulls a little shit, we put up with it, and his disdain grows. Iterate that. =
    After a while, we look utterly contemptible and he figures that any country that would put up with this kind of crap must also deserve it. Christ, at this point, he’s probably planning self-nuking. Maybe he’s a broad-band telepath and can feel the ocean of evil around him in Washington. We bad.
  • Maybe the reasons are personal. That can happen: national destinies have been decided in the boudoir, or for that matter by a tumor growing at the base of some leader’s brain. So, maybe he was mad at Saddam for that supposed assassination attempt on the family in Kuwait. Maybe Wolfowitz’s Arab girl friend is the worm in the apple. Maybe Bush had that bad Lawrence-of-Arabia experience with some Ay-rab back in prep school. Maybe the twins were secretly dating Saddam and just couldn’t give up a real man. Maybe Laura yells out the wrong name.
  • Maybe he’s a Skoptsy. That could make a guy go sour. [
    Skoptsism was, however, not exterminated, and grave scandals constantly arose. The most remarkable feature of this extraordinary sect has always been the type of people who joined it. Nobles, military and naval officers, civil servants, priests and merchants were to be found in its ranks, and so rapidly did the numbers increase that 515 men and 240 women were transported to Siberia between 1847 and 1866 without seriously threatening its existence. In, 187? many trials of Skoptsi took place all over Russia. In 1874 the sect numbered at least 5444, including 1465 women. Of these 703 men and 100 women had mutilated themselves ]
  • Maybe he’s loaded. Of course it’s impossible to imagine a President who’s high as a kite half the time—impossible to imagine, but easy to remember [ JFK and Max Jacobson] Maybe the whole Administration is a cult centered around some really potent weed—naw, no one’s ever seen anything like that in the Middle East.
  • Maybe the aliens replaced his pineal gland with an AM radio receiver and he’s channeling Rush (who channels him. scary. ).
  • Maybe he’s dying and wants to see Armageddon before the end.
  • There’s always the possibility that he’s the high-intensity version of Bill Ayers—an SDS bomb-thrower who was the son of the CEO of Commonwealth Edison. You know, child of the power elite who turns against the system.. losers striking back at a hyper-competent father. Bush did it right – his way is slow, but is enormously more effective. Of course he had a few helpers – obviously Cheney and Rove are part of the cell.
  • Or, maybe he’s a mole, a loyal agent of some power that wants the US ruined – or that once did. Sometimes those sleeper agents don’t get the word, especially when the power in question doesn’t really exist any more. Such a left-behind mole must frequently ask himself – what would
    Andropov  do?
  • Maybe he’s trying – rather successfully, I might add – to discredit representative government and bring back the King over the Water. A Jacobite, rather than a Jacobin.
  • Maybe it’s all really the outward manifestation of a power struggle within the Masons.
  • You can’t forget impersonation, the old switcheroo. The real George W. Bush is choking on pretzels in the Château d’If right now.

Read the rest for yourself, it is very funny.

Posted by Matt, filed under finger chopping wacky, Funny, War on Terror. Date: May 31, 2006, 12:20 am | No Comments »

rescue
Korean student Hyon-gwi Sin

A Korean student has rescued a drunk Japanese woman falling off the tracks at JR Shinokubo station, which is the same place another Korean student died trying to rescue another Japanese person a few years back.

A Korean student rescued a woman after she fell off a platform at JR Shinokubo Station in Tokyo, the same station where another Korean student was fatally hit by a train when he tried to save a man on the railway tracks.

Student Sin Hyon-gwi got off a train at Shinokubo Station in Shinjuku-ku at about 5:30 a.m. on May 21 to go to the bathroom.

He heard a sound behind him and saw a woman had fallen off the platform near where about 20 other, mostly elderly passengers were standing.

Sin, 27, worried that the next train would shortly be arriving, but remembered the bravery of Korean student Lee Su-hyon, who died at the station. He then jumped onto the tracks and helped the woman back onto the platform.

It seems he lives in Nippori, which is the place that my Korean friends in Japan lived. Nippori is a kind of Korea town for Korean students studying Japanese.

After the rescue, the blushing hero walked to another JR station, where he boarded a train for his destination, JR Nippori Station.

The location where the woman fell was only a few meters away from where Lee Su-hyon and a Japanese man died in January 2001.

Lee’s heroic act was widely covered in South Korea and a monument for him was constructed in his hometown of Pusan.

“I think Lee’s spirit told me to rescue her and protected me,” Sin said.

JR officials said the woman was an 18-year-old student and was drunk at the time of the accident. She was treated for minor injuries in hospital.

Very heroic. Cheers to stumpjumper for the link!

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy. Date: May 26, 2006, 7:01 pm | 7 Comments »

troll

Redskins84, a commenter that was banned for racial abuse after repeated warnings, has sent me an email declaring that he has won. Here it is below, in full.

“Thats enough, Redskins84. I told you to tone it down before. Now you are banned.”

MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

YOU LOST!!!!

네모든 주장이 왜 옳은지 증거를 데는게 더 좋지 않냐? 내가 뭐랬냐? 네가 할수있는건 날 ban하는거 밖에 없다그랬지? 넌 나와 1대1 싸움에서 내눈에다 흙을 던진거야. 그건 고의적인 반칙과 함께 곧바로 패배자가 되는거지. 내가 비밀하나 가르쳐줄까? 난 이제까지 coreano84, azncowboy813, bethereds833이였어.
아이디 3개로 인간들 잘도 속였지. 특히 너도. 푸하하하하하하하하하!!!!!!

In the above he is basically boasting that he had 3 other IDs in addition to the ‘Redskins84′ ID. He also says that I banned him because I was not able to offer evidence to counter his claims.

Here is my answer to him below –

당신은 coreano84, azncowboy813, bethereds833였던 것에 관해서 놀라지 않았어. 한국인의 일부는 인터넷으로 냉정하게 이야기하지 말고, 장난하는 습관이 있네. 당신의 승리 선언도 정말로 한국인의 극단 내셔널리즘의 병리의 증거구나.

나는 당신에게 성의로 룰을 가르쳐, BAN 하기 전에 경고도 했지. 당신은 한국과 한국인을 지키고 싶은 마음이 있겠지만, 실제로 결과적으로 당신의 행위에 의해서 한국인의 명예가 유해 했어.

Telling lies does not make you a winner. This kind of behavior makes good Koreans look bad. I hope you will remember that next time you write comments on other sites.

Translation - I am not surprised about you being coreano84, azncowboy813, and bethereds833. There is a segment of Koreans on the internet that will not cooly discuss issues, and have a habit of trolling. Your declaration of victory is proof of your extreme Korean nationalist pathology.

I told you the rules in good faith, and even warned you before you were banned. I think you probably have it in your mind to protect Korea and Koreans, but the actual result of your behavior is damaging the honor of Korean people.

Telling lies does not make you a winner. This kind of behavior makes good Koreans look bad. I hope you will remember that next time you write comments on other sites.

I am sure that Redskins84 will not understand what I wrote to him but I want this site remain a place where people can come and discuss issues without having their race be called dirty, compared to animals, or being called by racial slurs. People that do that will be banned like the person above. That being said, the vast majority of commenters here are very good.

Posted by Matt, filed under Racist Industrial Complex. Date: May 26, 2006, 6:46 pm | 2 Comments »

not forced labor
Son knows his mother is telling fibs

Many Koreans and Korean-Americans come to Occidentalism with tales of their family members being conscripted into the Japanese army and getting killed or taken to Japan as forced labor, or being kidnapped by the Japanese army to serve as army prostitutes. In all the cases that I can remember, all these comments have been pure fantasy, as with the Korean-American guy that claimed his uncles were conscripted into the Japanese army in the 1930′s and fought in China (conscription law in Korea was passed in 1943, and actual conscription started in 1944. Japan lost the war before the soldiers could be sent to the front). He also said his aunties were comfort women (its somewhere in one of the 4000+ comments on this site – if someone could find it, I would be greatful!).

Of course, when ‘eye-witness’ claims fly in the face of facts, then they are probably not true. Here is a video of Zainichi Korean man refuting his mothers claims of being a forced laborer. Translation provided by Youtube commenter Iwayabunta.

“I sometimes visit my mother to spend time together. When she talks about her past, the things she says are quite disordered.”

Mother: (to the interviewer) I came to Japan when I was 12, by the military draft when I was 12.

Son: By the military draft?

Mother: Yes, I was inducted.

Son: The military draft did not happen at that time! There are clear historical evidences but why do you repeatedly say that…

Mother: Why not?

Son: The conscription law was enacted around 1942-43. How come it happens when the law did not exist? At that time, only volunteers served the army.

Mother: What did you say? (in Korean) I WORKED AT A FACTORY.

Son: This is what everybody knows, but nobody said anything to such a stubborn idiot! Why do you repeatedly say it as the “military draft”?

Mother: (in Korean) I WAS INDUCTED. ALL MY FREIDNS KNOW.

Son: Why you are so angry….

Mother: (to the interviewer) My son does not have a political thought.

Interviewer: He does not?

Mother: No.

Son: Ah…

Interviewer: (He means that there is no way to correct her errors)

Notes: * Capitalized sentences are originally in Korean, and others are in Japanese.

* She came to Japan in 1929 with her relatives without the permission of her parents. It was still ten years before the law of levying for factory labor enacted in Japan in 1939.

A lawyer friend reminds me that eye-witness testimony is inherently unreliable, particularly long after an event has taken place.

The American Bar Association has warned that eyewitness reports can be thrown off by race, stress, lighting, a focus on weapons or other features instead of faces, the length of time a witness sees a suspect, and the time between the crime and the identification.

Obviously political agenda can play a part. I think it is quite concievable that his mother actually thinks she was a forced laborer.

Click above to view the video.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy. Date: May 22, 2006, 6:16 pm | 53 Comments »

kyoki no sakura
A movie about extreme right wing Japanese youth

This is something I have heard about for a while. The Japanese (extreme) right wing, called Uyoku (右翼 우익) or Kyoku-U (極右 극우) has a large presence of Zainichi Koreans (Koreans living in Japan). Like the large numbers of Koreans in the ‘Japanese’ Yakuza, the presence of Koreans in the extreme right wing is an open secret and is described in the movie, Kyoki No Sakura (see the trailer here). Koreans seem to be in a state of constant grievance about the existence of these groups, so I was most interested when I found this post by a self described “Japanese rightist” (via Zero).

This story is going to be very deep into Japanese underground but significant to unravel Japanese post war culture. Let me get started with my memory almost 10 years ago about Uyoku. When I was a high school student, I often saw cars painted in black like the pic below with a noizy old martial song.

Being so noizy and scary, that the cars are far from appealing, making me very disgusted. I happened to found their flyers posted on electric palls after they are away, and look how ugly the posters are! And I got to think that those people, who want old Imperial Japan back, would put Japan’s future in huge jeopardy.

Then let me tell you the identity of those people. Many of them are not Japanese, but Korean (zainichi). When I heard about this, I could hardly believe it. Why would they have to disguise themselves as Japanese rightists (Uyoku)?

It was not until recent that investigations on those groups have revealed the truth behind it. I’m going to follow the unnatural points the researchers found if we consider them as Japanese:

*Recently, the abductions by North Korea is one of the biggest political interests. When the families of the victims are making speech in the station plaza, the cars appear out of nowhere, and strange people gather to collect donation. Of course, the families of the victims never invited them.
*Look at the pic of the black car above. You could see the flags of Korea and Japan below the chrysanthemum, which is the symbol of Imperial family. Why would they have to paint Korean flag next to Japan’s? If you can read Japanese, you’d notice the letters saying “Korean-Japanese friendship”. I feel again very unnatural about this because “Japan-Korean friendship” is the right order without exception unless those letters are written by Korean sided people.
*The number of Uyoku groups designated by police is 25. Five groups out of the 25 have obvious Korean leaders as below:

group・・・・・・・・・・・・family Name given name
極東会・・・・・・・・・・・・曹 圭化
松葉会・・・・・・・・・・・・李 春星
双愛会・・・・・・・・・・・・申 明雨
松葉会・・・・・・・・・・・・李 春星
酒梅組・・・・・・・・・・・・金 在鶴

You don’t know how to read Kanji? No problem. Usually the family names — coming first followed by the given name — consist of two or three characters. Korean’s family names, on the other hand, require only one character to express. If I pronounce those family names, “Soh”, “Lee”, “Shin”, “Lee”, and “Kim”. Those are obviously Korean names without exception. By the way, do you know what typical Japanese names are like? I bet you already know it: “Honda”, “Toyota”, “Suzuki” and so on. It’s always sticking to a rule: consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel-… It’s something to remember if you are majoring in something related to Japanese. Let me get back to the point. The point is that those Uyoku groups have quite high chance that they partly consist of Korean people. Since those Korean people can speak Japanese and born in Japan, I’ll call them “zainichi”, meaning “staying in Japan”.

Obviously not all the Uyoku groups are Zainichi, but Koreans are less than 1% of the population and with Korean leaders of at least 5 out of 25 extreme right wing groups, that makes about 20% of the leadership Korean, if the sources quoted by that blogger is correct. If Koreans are as represented in the rank and file of the Uyoku as much as they are in the Yakuza, that means that they are hugely over represented. One wonders about the motivations of Zainichi Koreans joining these groups.

Read the rest of the post yourself.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy. Date: May 22, 2006, 6:53 am | 27 Comments »

Korean tourism to the Japanese island of Tsushima has proved a boon for the local economy of the isolated Japanese island. However, some Korean tourists are making a bad reputation for Korean tourists overseas, like the Korean airport protesters. In Tsushima (called Taemado in Korean) the Korean tourists are especially badly behaved, according to a report on NTV Real Time News.

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Koreans believe that tossing stones on the shrine arch is a way to attract wealth. For Japanese, this is desecration.

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The shrine has some wishing plates. Here some Koreans have written some rude things in Hangul. Here it says “Koizumi is a bastard”.

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Here a Korean has written “if Dokdo is Japanese territory, then Japan is Korean territory”. Shades of G-Masta. Keep in mind that virtually all the tourists seem middle aged, not youthful vandals.

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Another problem is Koreans eating inside supermarkets… before they have paid the bill.

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This shop staff says the Korean tourists break open packages and eat inside the store.

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Korean anglers leave a mess that they dont clean up.

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When this guy was told that the ‘bait spiking’ method of fishing is illegal, he said “Then tourists should be banned and anglers shouldnt be allowed to come and go!

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I would be better for you to ban Koreans from coming!

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I wont come to Tsushima again!

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The Korean angler then dumps the fish he caught back into the water!

Some shops in Tsushima have banned Koreans. Here is an interview with a shop owner that has not banned Koreans.

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Koreans bring their own kimchi and alcohol

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And the bill is about 1200 to 1300 yen each

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It is a real pittance

The first time I traveled overseas was when I was four years old. My mother warned me that I was the ambassador of my country while we were in another country, and I was on my best behavior. Going overseas and visiting the country of another people is an honor and a privilige in my opinion, not a license to engage in any kind of behavior just because you are a ‘paying customer’. One of the problems here are probably the demographics. The middle aged Korean people who seem to be the majority of visitors to Tsushima tend to be a little on the rough side, while the younger generation is more sensitive, in my opinion.

At the end of the newsclip, the newsreaders inform us that part of the behavior may be stemming from bad feeling about the Takeshima/Dokdo dispute. I hope it is just a case of people inexperienced with international travel rather than people that feel justified in doing things like this because of political disputes.

Click above to view the video. Thanks to stumpjumper for finding it!

Update: Japan Probe also picked up the story. Japan Probe is a new blog but looks promising. Give it a look!

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy. Date: May 22, 2006, 4:16 am | 9 Comments »

A regular commenter sent me this Naver News article that is in the most viewed news section called “일본의 두모습” (The two faces of Japan).

homeless

The picture is of a homeless man in Tokyo in a shopping area. Here is the text accompanying the picture -

한 일본인 노숙자가 토쿄의 긴자 쇼핑지구에 있는 상류계급의 유럽 디자이너 부띠크의 전시장 앞에 누워 잠을 자고 있다.

My translation - One Japanese homeless is sleeping in front of a high class European boutique located in a shopping area.

Obviously calling the article “the two faces of Japan” is designed to draw attention to the difference between the luxury shops and the homeless man. What is equally obvious is that the only reason that this article could be the ‘most viewed news’ is that it is supposed to be embarrassing for Japan.

I saw plenty of homeless when I was in Korea, but I have never seen articles like this about homeless Koreans in the Japanese news.

Posted by Matt, filed under Racist Industrial Complex. Date: May 18, 2006, 9:02 pm | 2 Comments »

17  May
Dokdo Neckties!

Forget about making rude comments about atomic bombings of Japan, and Dokdo panties that people cannot even see, make a subtle statement to the Japanese ambassdor with Dokdo Neckties!

dokdo necktie

Now you too can be just like South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon (pictured center) and show that you really love Dokdo, a place that you have never been to and no Korean has historically lived on.

Maybe the Foreign Minister should take a look at Gerry’s site for the true history of Dokdo.

Posted by Matt, filed under diplomacy, finger chopping wacky. Date: May 17, 2006, 1:13 am | 24 Comments »

Back when I used to be interested enough in language I wrote this based on the work of Professor Maeda, who is a Japanese specialist of the Korean language. I had written this for non-Japanese people like myself who had come to learn Korean through Japanese and wanted to build on the strengths they had acquired by learning Japanese. My interest was highest right when I got back from Japan, and it was then that I wrote this. However, life back in my home country dulled my interest in learning foreign languages, especially since there was no immediate need to do so. Still, I hope that others will find this useful.

Here is a list of idioms that are mostly shared by Korea and Japan, although sometimes the meanings are different, in interesting ways. The list was compiled by Professor Maeda. I added the English meanings.

Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by Matt, filed under Language. Date: May 14, 2006, 6:42 am | 4 Comments »

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