Holy Medvedev

Personality cult in Russia? Surely not

Muslim artist Robert Gabitov from St. Petersburg painted a portrait-“icon” of Russian president Dmitry Medvedev…The president has a falcon on his shoulder and a tree of life is growing behind him. The author thinks these symbols stress “holiness of the Russian President.”

(The Ukrainians aren’t adverse to the same kind of thing)

Walid Shoebat Meets G. Gordon Liddy

Media Matters logs some particularly clownish ramblings from Walid Shoebat, whose never-ending gravy-train has now brought him to The G. Gordon Liddy Show:

 [SHOEBAT:] “No one is called Hussein unless he is Muslim. So it is very clear that Barack Hussein Obama is definitely a Muslim…He is not called to be killed by the Muslims. Why do they support him? I haven’t heard a really serious testimony of his Christian conversion. A Muslim who converts to Christianity, the first thing he does is denounces Islam. Has Barack Hussein Obama denounced Islam as a false religion?…If he had converted to Christianity, he would change his name Hussein to something else. He would change his name Barack to something else.

The best discussion I have seen of why Obama “is not called to be killed by the Muslims” can be seen here.


[SHOEBAT:] Well, when I went to a government school — you know, it wasn’t a madrassa. He was not in a madrassa school, but it was a government school. And in those schools, from fifth grade, we learned what is called Islamic eschatology, that the day of judgment will not come to pass until the tribes of Islam destroy the tribes of Israel, the Jewish people.

LIDDY: Well, would he have achieved — been exposed to those things at the age of 10, in a government school over there in Indonesia?

SHOEBAT: Yes. It would be the same thing, it would be exactly the same kind of an education system.

This has simply been pulled out of Shoebat’s backside – he has no knowledge or experience of primary education in late 1960s Indonesia. And the rest of Shoebat’s discourse is simply talking-points culled from Jermone Corsi: Obama’s supposed links to Raila Odinga, the evils of “liberation theology” and so on. There is no sign here of someone with any kind of special insight or knowledge, and every sign of a media-savvy chancer enjoying the status of “expert” simply because he is willing to pander to the prejudices of the ignorant (his preposterous forays into Biblical scholarship are of the same kind).

Shoebat also gives us a bit of extra personal background I hadn’t seen before:

And my mother’s side, her grandfather was friends with Winston Churchill…

Hating Muslims is now the Shoebat family business: I’ve blogged before on Walid’s son Theodore Shoebat, who makes anti-Muslim (and anti-science) hate videos. I noticed recently that Shoebat Junior is also a contributor to Mosquewatch, where his colleagues include none other than the absurd Pastor J. Grant Swank.