2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,900 times in 2010. That’s about 9 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 12 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 101 posts. There were 16 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about a picture per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 4th with 203 views. The most popular post that day was Partial List of Banned Items to Gaza Strip.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, encyclopediadramatica.com, twitter.com, shacknews.com, and brettanderson.co.uk.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for haiti earthquake, ehud barak, cornel west, palestine, and nat turner.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Partial List of Banned Items to Gaza Strip June 2010
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2

Zionist Group in Israel Urges Students to Report ‘Subversive’ Professors December 2009

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Muslim Countries: Fulfill Your Islamic Duty – Send Aid to Haiti! January 2010
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4

Holy Qur’an Appears on Russian Baby’s Skin (Video) November 2009

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Dr. Cornel West: On Being Modern & American June 2010
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I’m looking for some input for the 2011 year. My blog site waned over the year (obviously) because I stopped putting effort into it. My Facebook and Twitter accounts are mad strong, though. Should I keep this site and actually put some more effort into maintaining it? Should I become a real live blogger?

Best,

Kicking Horse

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Dr. Cornel West: On Being Modern & American

Though it shames me to admit it, for as long as I can remember, (so far as this present quest for knowledge, redemption, and usefulness I’m on is concerned, that is) I have dismissed the ideals, teaching, and overall wisdom of Dr. Cornel West. This, irrational avoidance stemmed from something I either read in a book or heard from someone at one time regarding Dr. West’s tendency towards proselytism, him being a Christian and all. This came at a time when I was barely discovering a G-d of my own understanding (read between the lines as you see fit) and had an incredible aversion towards religion as a whole… maybe around 2001-2002. Would you believe I managed to graduate from one of the most prestigious university systems (University of California) with a Bachelor’s degree in Black Studies of all fields and maintain this anti-Cornel West stance; having only read one essay from Dr. West the entire time, and only as a 5th year senior during a special seminar course on the sex worker industry in the Caribbean (taught by dissertation scholar Erica Lorraine Williams). West’s essay was about “otherness” and the animalization of African descendants both male and female. Having studied such things for a few years, while insightful, it was hardly enough to push me into the West camp.

Fast forward to March, 2010. My entire viewpoint changed as I watched the following interview of Dr. Cornel West on Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines:

Hearing the man speak, actually observing his charisma, and, most especially, his analysis of “colorblindness” and MLK at around 12:50, and his analysis on Israel/Palestine at 17:08… courted me… as though he was flirting with my brain cells. Whatever he was doing, he got me. I started to look for more and more from the man… now my teacher/mentor. This research led to the fairly recent release of Dr. Cornel West & BMWMB (Black Men Who Mean Business) – CD Project Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations. The number 6 track on the album, The N Word is a true treat. The N Word is a discussion, mediated by Tavis Smiley, with Michael Eric Dyson, a brother that commanded my attention years ago, about the use of the word nigger in and out of the black community. The discussion tastefully overlays “James Brown-ish” funk background. The entire album is amazing, featuring the likes of Prince, KRS-1, Andre 3000, Jill Scott, the late Gerald Levert, and more. You can listen/read an interview with Tavis Smiley and West about this project specifically, here.

Forward again to the topic at hand. Since coming into my own regarding Dr. West I have become, as I mentioned earlier, a believer, a follower, and a student of this man. Insha’Allah one day I will actually get to meet and study under him, but until such time I’m doing my own independent studies. At the bookstore I opted out of buying his most famous publication, Race Matters, and, instead went straight for The Cornel West Reader. Let me tell you, the brother does not disappoint. I’ve had to pace myself on account of being overstimulated on occasion. I want so much to share this experience with others as I read it and experience it that I’ve decided to devote the occasional blog post to just this. The following excerpts are from the introduction:

To be modern is to live dangerously and courageously in the face of relentless self-criticism and inescapable fallibilsm; it is to give up the all-too-human quest for certainty and indubitability owing to the historicity of our claims.  Yet to give in to sophomoric relativism (“Anything goes” or “All views are equally valid”) is a failure of nerve, and to succumb to wholesale skepticism (“There is no truth”) is a weakness of the will and imagination.  Instead, the distinctive mark of modernity is to pursue the treacherous trek of dialogue, to wager on the fecund yet potentially poisonous fruits of fallible inquiry, which require communicative action, risk-ridden conversation, even intimate relation.

This experience of dialogue–the I-Thou relation with the uncontrolled other–may result in a dizziness, vertigo or shudder that unhinges us from our moorings or yanks us from our anchors… This loss of our footing and gain of our freedom compel us to acknowledge that the very meaning of being modern may be the lack of any meaning, that our quest for such meaning may be the very meaning itself–without ever arriving at any fixed meaning.

American culture accentuates what is to come, what is not yet as opposed to what is and what has been.  Of course, such a futuristic orientation often degenerates into an infantile, sentimental or melodramatic propensity toward happy endings, so that dreams of betterment downplay the dark realities of suffering in our midst.  In this way, American discourses on innocence, deliverance or freedom overlook the atrocities of violence, subjugation or slavery in our past present.  To be American is to downplay history in the name of hope, to ignore memory in the cause of possibility.

Ok, wow… the previous quote, on being American, has caused me to take a deeper, fairer look into the minds of my many critics, friends and foe alike.  It has provided a better basis upon which I’ve been able to understand their incredible faith in this social project called America.  Mind you, I just barely read this a few days ago and it has already caused me to completely reevaluate how I see my patriotic friends and family.

To be American is to raise perennially the frightening democratic question:  What does the public interest have to do with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society?  This query of democratic import goes back to Cleisthenes of 508 B.C. in Athens.  Shouldn’t democracy be a form of plebodicy–not theodicy–that focuses our attention on the unjustified suffering and unnecessary social misery of ordinary human beings here and abroad?  And yet isn’t American democracy one in which arbitrary power is not fully curtailed and, hence, the political, corporate and financial elites–unregulated by substantive public accountability–wield forms of power that cause pain and grief for fellow citizens that need not be?

These were from the introduction alone… next posting in this “series” will be either about Dr. West’s Christianity, the very thing that once turned me off from him (forgive me… I’m older/wiser now) or his comments regarding Marxist social thought… oooh… or perhaps both because there is a definite overlap in the reading.
– Kicking Horse

Partial List of Banned Items to Gaza Strip

Items considered contraband entering the Gaza Strip (Partial list):

  • sage
  • cardamom
  • coriander
  • ginger
  • jam
  • halva
  • vinegar
  • nutmeg
  • chocolate
  • fruit preserves
  • seeds and nuts
  • biscuits and sweets
  • potato chips
  • gas for soft drinks
  • dried fruit
  • fresh meats
  • plaster
  • tar
  • wood
  • cement
  • iron
  • glucose
  • industrial salt
  • plastic/glass/metal containers
  • industrial margarine
  • tarpaulin sheets
  • fabric (for clothing)
  • flavor and smell enhancers
  • fishing rods
  • fishing nets
  • buoys
  • ropes
  • nylon netting for greenhouses
  • hatcheries and spare parts for hatcheries
  • spare parts for tractors
  • dairies for cowsheds
  • irrigation pipe systems
  • planters (for saplings)
  • heaters
  • musical instruments
  • size A4 paper (letter/legal size)
  • writing implements
  • notebooks
  • toys
  • razors
  • sewing machines
  • horses
  • donkeys
  • goats
  • cattle
  • chicks

Gisha.org

Gisha – Legal Center for Freedom of Movement wrote to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asking him to instruct the security authorities to implement a policy of free passage of civilian goods into and out of the Gaza Strip, subject only to individual security inspections.

August 21, 2017

On February 12, 1831, an annular solar eclipse was seen in Virginia. Nat Turner saw this as a black man’s hand reaching over the sun, and he took this vision as his sign.  On August 13, there was another solar eclipse, in which the sun appeared bluish-green.  Turner took this occasion as the final signal, and a week later, on August 21, he began the most notable slave rebellion on US soil.

Next solar eclipse visible from the United States:  August 21, 2017 Sweeping a 70-mile-wide path across the United States, moving across Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

“The time was fast approaching when the first should be last and the last should be first… And by signs in the heavens that it would make known to me when I should commence the great work, and until the first sign appeared I should conceal it from the knowledge of men; and on the appearance of the sign… I should arise and prepare myself and slay my enemies with their own weapons.” – Nat Turner

Just an fyi

French parliament report calls for burqa ban

A woman wears a burqa as she shops with her family at a street market in Roubaix northern France, August 9, 2009. France's ruling party has announced plans to present a bill to ban Islamic veils in all public places. Farid Alouache/REUTERS

“The wearing of the full veil is the tip of the iceberg,”
“There are scandalous practices hidden behind this veil,”
“Can we accept covered faces in the 21st century in our streets and in the public space? That’s the question,”

– Andre Gerin, President, French Parliamentary Mission on the Full Veil.

“The burqa plays out as something more spectacular than the minaret as a political symbol,”
“It hides the face. It seems alien. There’s something a bit appalling about it, and it relates specifically to what is seen as a dangerous part of the world and to an extreme variant of Islam. Using the burqa is a very smart political strategy.”

– Pap Ndiaye, School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, Paris

The report recommends:

A parliamentary vote supporting the rejection of the full veil:

a symbolic move designed to demonstrate that “all of France” rejects the full veil and that it should be “prohibited in the French Republic”.

A ban on the wearing of the veil in public institutions:

Rather than opting for an outright ban on the veil as proposed by Jean-Francois Copé, the commission recommends that the ban should only apply to public places – hospitals, post offices, public transport and the like. Even so, the proposal carries significant legal risks, including the possibility that the ban may contravene European Human rights legislation.

Educational programmes:

The commission seeks to avoid stigmatising the 1,900 women in France who wear the veil, and by extension the wider Muslim community. The report recommends ongoing educational programmes aimed at reducing fundamentalism and promoting France’s republican values.

Measures to reduce stigmatising the French Muslim community:

Less discussed than the veil issue, the report also recommends measures aimed at the wider Muslim community, including the creation of a “national school of Islamic studies”, debates on the nature of Islamophobia, direct aid for the building of mosques and Islamic cultural centres, and the creation of new national holidays to celebrate religious festivals such as the Islamic Eid and Judaism’s Yom Kippur. However, some of these proposals were not unanimously approved by the commission, and are included in the report simply as “individual suggestions”.

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Muslim Countries: Fulfill Your Islamic Duty – Send Aid to Haiti!

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Haiti earthquake aid: A young Haitian boy receiving treatment at an ad hoc medical clinic at the UN MINUSTAH logistics base in Port au Prince. Photograph: LOGAN ABASSI/AFP/Getty Images

Haiti earthquake aid pledged by country

Haiti’s quake has apparently galvanised the world. Find out how much different countries and organisations have pledged to the aid effort
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Tracking the ever-increasing pledges of financial aid and other assistance for quake-stricken Haiti is a difficult business, but the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is attempting to do just that. The OCHA has the tricky task of trying to orchestrate the efforts of the dozens of aid agencies either in Haiti or on their way there.

Its list of donors tracks both monetary sums and donations in the form of assistance and equipment, both from governments and corporations. However, it does not cover the millions of pounds of private donations pouring into appeals such as that launched in the UK by the Disasters Emergency Committee – where you can also make a donation.

Relief Web is probably the best source – it publishes daily totals.

As some of you have pointed out – the top level figures don’t take account of individual country contributions, ie ships or aid trucks. So, take a look at the Google spreadsheet – that will give you exactly what each organisation or country has donated – look at the ‘details’ worksheet.

Download the data

DATA: download the full datasheet
Get the latest update and spreadsheet from Reliefweb

Can you do something with this data?

Kicking Horse: Yeah, I can… as a Muslim I am hurt and upset. I’ve recently been informed that Islamic Relief Worldwide has recently added its organization to the list of donors. I’ve never felt as though so-called “islamic countries” have ever represented me, or Islam for that matter, however, to see that such rich nations such as Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and UAE have not offered donations saddens me. Donating in the name of “good public relations” such as Israel has done is not the answer, though. These countries should be making zakat on behalf of the Muslim citizens in their countries. This is the whole purpose of zakat. Compassion should not be limited to Muslim alone.  This wasn’t the purpose of charity, to be selective.  If you care for one then you must care for them all.  This is our mandate.

Want to know what true compassion is? Here is a list of so-called Islamic countries that have donated to the Haiti relief effort:

Gaza
Morocco
Kuwait
Qatar
Sengal (Please go to this link) as Sengal has offered a “right of return” for Haitians. Even offering them their own country Masha’Allah!*

As I write this, reports of more “Muslim” aid are rolling in. If you have more information please let me know by either commenting on this blog or by Twitter @kickinghorse892

*Just before I finished final editing on this post the following report came in: Senegalese President Rethinks Aid to Haiti

Dear Muslim countries:

GAZA!!! Perhaps the most oppressed peoples in the world right now have donated money to help their brothers and sisters in Haiti.
One of the Five Pillars of Islam (أركان الإسلام) is zakat, or charitable giving. THIS IS A MANDATE OF ISLAM!!!

Please… PLEASE… Bust out your Qur’ans and review our duties to humanity… as Muslims!

1.”The likeness of those who spend their wealth in Allah’s way is as the likeness of a grain which grows seven ears, in every ear a hundred grains. Allah gives increase manifold to whom He will. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knower.” [Surah al-Baqarah, 261]

2. “By no means shall you attain righteousness unless you spend (in Allah’s cause) of that which you love; and whatever of good you spend, Allah knows it well.” [Surah Aal ‘Imran, 92]

3.”O ye who believe! Spend out of (the bounties) we have provided for you, before the day comes when no bargaining (will avail), nor friendship, nor intercession. Those who reject faith – they are the wrong doers.” [Soorah al-Baqarah, 254]

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Gaza flooded after Israel opens dam gates

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Israel has opened the floodgates of one of its dams in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip, flooding Palestinian houses and causing severe damage.

The Israeli authorities opened the dam’s floodgates without any prior warning or coordination with local authorities in Gaza, stunning the residents of the area, the Press TV correspondent in Gaza reported late on Monday.

There has been heavy rain in the region over the past 24 hours. It seems the Israeli authorities could not handle the huge amount of rainwater and decided to open the floodgates without prior warning.

Because Gaza is located in a low-lying area and the elevation decreases on the way to the Mediterranean Sea, water gushed into the area, flooding two Palestinian villages and displacing a hundred Gazan families.

The locals say Israel intentionally caused the floods, the Press TV correspondent said.

The waters from the dam, called the Valley of Gaza, flooded houses in Johr al-Deek village, which is southeast of Gaza City, and Nusirat in the eastern part of the territory, where the Al-Nusirat refugee camp is also located.

The Valley of Gaza is about 8 kilometers long. It starts on the eastern Gaza border with Israel and ends in the Mediterranean.

The houses of many Palestinians have been flooded and a number of people are trapped inside or on their roofs, while many have also gone missing, the Press TV correspondent said.

Rescue teams are using small boats to evacuate the trapped people.

Hamas has condemned the act as a war crime and has called on all concerned parties to intervene and offer assistance to the locals.

The flooding has made life more difficult for the Gazans, especially for those still living in tents because their homes were destroyed in the December 2008-January 2009 Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.

In the war, more than 1,400 people were killed, mostly women and children, and over 10,000 houses were destroyed or damaged, forcing at least 500 families to live in tents.

Very little progress is seen in reconstruction of the devastated areas in the Gaza Strip, mostly due to the Israeli blockade, which has prevented the delivery of building materials to the coastal enclave.

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Israel has opened the floodgates of one of its dams in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip, flooding Palestinian houses and causing severe damage

Kicking Horse Fun Fact 11 January 2010

I was released from county one time after being down a year and the Santa Clara County Department of “Corrections” had “lost” my propetry (clothes, ID, etc). They released me in Main Jail issue orange. I had to travel by foot from Milpitas, Ca to South San Jose. I was afraid of getting picked up as an escapee (got released with warrants pending) so I was running through fields and creeks like a runaway slave and hittin’ backyard fences for like three hours. Got home unexpected and had to break into my mama’s house at like 4am.Went back on the warrants two weeks later. One year down, two to go. 😦

Nigerians Outraged Over Extra U.S. Travel Scrutiny

Nigeria's information minister, Dora Akunyili, speaks during a press conference in Lagos, Nigeria, on Dec. 27, 2009.

January 6, 2010

After the attempted bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas Day, the United States imposed new security measures on travelers from 14 nations, including Nigeria. Those travelers now face full body searches, among other requirements.

The suspect in the Christmas Day incident is Nigerian, and the new U.S. screening requirements have created a stir in Nigeria, infuriating people in the West African nation. Headlines in the country suggest that Nigerians are being treated like lepers.

In an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition, Nigeria’s minister of information, Dora Akunyili, says that other countries have not been subject to the same measures following similar incidents.

‘Unfair Discrimination’

“If extra scrutiny would be given to travelers from all over the world, that’s fine,” Akunyili says. “But when few countries are singled out, and Nigeria is one of those few countries, then it becomes very painful to us, especially when we know that in this country we don’t have terrorist tendencies. We feel that this is unfair discrimination. The population [of Nigeria] is over 150 million people — we are being defined by the behavior of one person.”

Akunyili points out that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged attempted bomber, spent almost his entire life outside Nigeria. He attended secondary school in Togo, university in London and postgraduate studies in Dubai. After leaving Dubai, he went to Yemen… Read More

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December 9th marks the 28th anniversary of Mumia’s incarceration. He was arrested in the early morning hours of Dec. 9th 1981 for the shooting death of Police officer Daniel Faulkner at 13th and Locust in downtown Philadelphia.  Mumia was seriously wounded by a gunshot wound to his chest that night as well.

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