Saturday, April 19, 2014

Whatever Happened to the Beast of Bayreuth?

In 1966, I was a young military policeman assigned to Erlangen, outside Nuremberg. While there, I heard the story of the so-called "Beast of Bayreuth", a US Army lieutenant, who had been arrested in 1964 for the gruesome murder of his German girlfriend, who he cut up into pieces and strewed along the roads outside Bayreuth, a town not far from Erlangen made famous by the composer Richard Wagner who lived there.

Although I knew that the killer had been captured and prosecuted, his story was forgotten as I left the army and the years passed. A few years ago, I was talking on the phone with an ex-Erlangen GI who asked about the case. He had been Googling "Beast of Bayreuth" but had come up empty. I tried as well but with the same results.

This week, while surfing through a website for veterans of Ferris Barracks (our Erlangen kaserne), a found another query as to whatever became of the "Beast of Bayreuth"? The question was whether he had been executed, was serving life in prison or what?

This time, Google was more accommodating. The actual name of the officer was Gerald Maurice Werner. Now there are a handful (so far) of articles that bring us up to date on his fate.

Upon his arrest after parts of his victim's body were found along the roads, Werner confessed to killing his girlfriend, Ursula Schamel, by choking her and drowning her in the bathtub of his home in Bayreuth. He then cut her in pieces and tried to flush the parts down the toilet before putting them in his car and throwing them along the rural roads outside Bayreuth. Werner was confined at the stockade at Fuerth until it was finally agreed that the Germans would try his case under the Status of Forces Agreement. In German court, he was ruled insane and confined for a few years in a German mental institution (Heil und Phlege Anstalt) in Ansbach. The decision was based on interviews of Werner by psychiatric experts from the University of Erlangen. It naturally caused outrage among members of Schamel's family and the public.

The below English-language article from that time tells the story up to his conviction.,5475773

In 1971, Werner was turned back over to the US Military who returned him to the US and discharged him. But he was not yet a free man. A state court in his home state of Minnesota confined him to a mental hospital. He was declared of sound mind in 1976 and released. Then in 1979, a court awarded him back pay for the period he was under US-German confinement from 1964 to 1971! That information is contained in the comment thread of the below site (Dragoon Base-see Garrett Bruen). The reader who relayed the below facts was a records clerk in the army in Germany during the 1960s and had to send monthly reports on Werner to the Pentagon.

Below is the text of the court decision on the Werner claim for correction of his military records.

But what happened to Werner after 1979? At last report, he was living in Minnesota. A German source, the Nordbayerische Kurier,  recently writing on the story, seems to have found a final answer.

The final paragraph indicates that an Internet search found a reference to the reported death of a man with the same name and age on April 6, 1999 in (Inver) Grove Heights, Minnesota.

Here is what I have been able to find:

It seems that the years 1979-1999 are still unknown to the public as to what happened to Werner in his last twenty years.

Bayreuth is a city with a history. It was a margravial home of the Hollenzollern family, and as mentioned, was the home of Richard Wagner and the opera house connected to him and his surviving family.  To the city's embarrassment, it was also favored by Adolf Hitler, who, as a Wagner fan,  became a friend and patron of the Wagner family. As evidenced by the recent German news article, the city also remembers the "Beast of Bayreuth".

Medea Benjamin, Code Pink and Caperpiller

Hat tip Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers

For those of you familiar with the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israel, you know that one company that is a big target is Caterpillar. Not only do they do business with Israel, but they were sued by the parents of Rachel Corrie, an American activist who got caught up with the International Solidarity Movement and was killed in 2003 when she was run over by an Israeli caterpillar she was trying to block from demolishing a terrorist house in Gaza. The parents, represented by now-UC Irvine Law School dean Erwin Chemerinsky, sued Caterpillar in a US court. They should have sued the ISM.

Rachel  Corrie in Gaza 2003

The suit was so frivolous it was dismissed and that dismissal was even upheld by the uber-liberal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

But I digress.

This week, Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers ran a story that none other than wealthy Code Pink  president Medea Benjamin, who is also front and center in the BDS movement, was a share holder in Caterpillar

"But we can explain everything," say Medea's supporters. (Not quite)

Can you say "hypocrite"?

Abductions and Forced Conversions in Egypt

A big hat tip to Fox News for being the only mainstream news outlet to cover this story

It seems that the only sources you can find these horror stories is what CAIR calls the "Islamophobic hate sites". But this is what is happening in Egypt today to Christians and other religious minorities across the Islamic world. Forced conversions.

Why won't the other mainstream media publicize this? We all know the reason. Political correctness.

"Let there be no compulsion in religion"
Qu'ran Sura 2: 256

Friday, April 18, 2014

Max Blumenthal Blows it Again-KC Police Make an Arrest

Mohammed Whitaker
Mohammed Whitaker 27, KC shooting suspect

Boy, Israel-hater Max Blumenthal is starting to outdo Joe Biden when it comes to putting his foot in his mouth.  Here is what he tweeted on the occasion of the shootings last week at the Kansas City Jewish Center and assisted living facility.

In other words, why is everybody making a big deal about this when the Kansas City area has had a string of shooting attacks on the highway?

So now the KC police have made an arrest.

Here is the complaint document with the probable cause.

As the article in Jihad Watch points out, we don't have a motive yet, and in spite of the suspect's name (Mohammed Whitaker), it is not firmly established if he is a convert to Islam. This is a point that must be brought out as to his motive. If this was a case of jihad, the public has every right to know.

I'll bet Blumenthal is keeping his fingers crossed right now.

The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East: An Israeli Perspective

Hat tip Miggie

The below op-ed is from Israeli's ambassador to the UN, Ron Proser and appears in the Wall Street Journal. It speaks for itself.

Muslim-majority nations are doing to followers of Jesus what they did to the Jews.

  • By AMB.  Prosor

  • April 16, 2014 7:05 p.m. ET

    This week, as Jews celebrate the Passover holiday, they are commemorating the Bible's Exodus story describing a series of plagues inflicted on ancient Egypt that freed the Israelites, allowing them to make their way to the Holy Land. But over the past century, another exodus, driven by a plague of persecution, has swept across the Middle East and is emptying the region of its Christian population. The persecution is especially virulent today.

    The Middle East may be the birthplace of three monotheistic religions, but some Arab nations appear bent on making it the burial ground for one of them. For 2,000 years, Christian communities dotted the region, enriching the Arab world with literature, culture and commerce. At the turn of the 20th century, Christians made up 26% of the Middle East's population. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 10%. Intolerant and extremist governments are driving away the Christian communities that have lived in the Middle East since their faith was born.

    In the rubble of Syrian cities like Aleppo and Damascus, Christians who refused to convert to Islam have been kidnapped, shot and beheaded by Islamist opposition fighters. In Egypt, mobs of Muslim Brotherhood members burn Coptic Christian churches in the same way they once obliterated Jewish synagogues. And in Iraq, terrorists deliberately target Christian worshippers. This past Christmas, 26 people were killed when a bomb ripped through a crowd of worshipers leaving a church in Baghdad's southern Dora neighborhood.

    Christians are losing their lives, liberties, businesses and their houses of worship across the Middle East. It is little wonder that native Christians have sought refuge in neighboring countries—yet in many cases they find themselves equally unwelcome. Over the past 10 years, nearly two-thirds of Iraq's 1.5 million Christians have been driven from their homes. Many settled in Syria before once again becoming victims of unrelenting persecution. Syria's Christian population has dropped from 30% in the 1920s to less than 10% today.
    In January, a report by the nondenominational Christian nonprofit organization Open Doors documented the 10 most oppressive countries for Christians; nine were Muslim-majority states noted for Islamic extremism, and the 10th was North Korea. These tyrannical regimes uphold archaic blasphemy and defamation-of-religion laws under the guise of protecting religious expression. In truth, these measures amount to systematic repression of non-Islamic groups.

    Last year in Saudi Arabia, two men were prosecuted for the "crime" of converting a woman to Christianity and helping her flee the Islamic kingdom. According to the Saudi Gazette, one of the men, a Lebanese, was sentenced to six years in prison and 300 lashes, and the other man, a Saudi, was sentenced to two years and 200 lashes. Those are relatively mild sentences in Saudi Arabia, where conversion to another religion is punishable by death.

    The "justice system" in other Islamic nations is not particularly just for Arab citizens, but it is uniquely oppressive for Christians. Radical Islamists in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa are using an ancient law called the "dhimmi pact" to extort local Christians. The community is faced with a grim choice: pay a tax and submit to a list of religious restrictions or "face the sword."

    In the Islamic Republic of Iran, expressions of political dissent are regarded as acts of blasphemy. Last summer, three Iranian Christians caught selling Bibles were found guilty of "crimes against state security" and sentenced to 10 years in prison. They were relatively lucky. The regime has executed dozens of people for the so-called crimes of "waging war against God" and "spreading corruption on Earth."

    The scene unfolding in the Middle East is ominously familiar. At the end of World War II, almost one million Jews lived in Arab lands. The creation of Israel in 1948 precipitated an invasion of five Arab armies. When they were unable to annihilate the newborn state militarily, Arab leaders launched a campaign of terror and expulsion that decimated their ancient Jewish communities. They succeeded in purging 800,000 Jews from their lands.
    Today, Israel, which I represent at the United Nations, is the only country in the Middle East with a growing Christian population. Its Christian community has increased from 34,000 in 1948 to 140,000 today, in large measure because of the freedoms Christians are afforded.

    From courtrooms to classrooms and from the chambers of Parliament to chambers of commerce, Israeli Christians are leaders in every field and discipline. Salim Joubran, a Christian Arab Israeli, has served as a Supreme Court justice since 2003 and Makram Khoury is one of the best-known actors in Israel and the youngest artist to win the Israel Prize, our highest civic honor.

    Father Gabriel Nadaf, a Greek Orthodox priest living in Israel, recently told me: "Human rights are not something to be taken for granted. Christians in much of the Middle East have been slaughtered and persecuted for their faith, but here in Israel they are protected."

    Nations that trample on the rights of their people sow the seeds of instability and violence. The uprisings that have erupted across the Middle East are evidence that the region's Holy Grail has become the pursuit of freedom, democracy and equality. Let us hope that this quest bears fruit before it is too late for the region's remaining Christians.

    Mr. Prosor is Israel's ambassador to the United Nations.

    Hey Corey Saylor! Answer Your Mail!

    Corey Saylor is the CAIR official responsible for legislative affairs in Washington. That means his job is putting pressure on members of Congress. Recently, he gave a speech in Maine on how sharia law is compatible with US law and posted an almost verbatim copy of it on the CAIR website and his own personal blog (Corey Saylor Personal Blog).

    Louis Palme wrote a detailed response to it, which I posted, based on his own knowledge of the topic.

    Yesterday, I took the opportunity to visit Mr Saylor's own personal blog, specifically the post he put up on sharia law. There were no comments as yet posted. I posted this in the comment thread:

    Mr Saylor,

    Interesting article. Can you explain the part of sharia law called "hudud sharia"? I am told it refers to "Crimes against God" and addresses offenses such as apostasy, blasphemy, adultery, and homosexuality. Is it true that sharia mandates death for these offenses?


    (My name should have appeared in the sign-in part, and he could have easily linked to my blog as we have the same server.)

    So it is a respectful, straight forward question. As of this writing, my question has not been posted on his site as he has the ability to screen and delete comments.

    So what about it, Mr Saylor? Of course I already know the answer to my simple yes or no question (Yes). You can affirm the point, argue the point, refute it, respond with an attack against me while ignoring the question, or, as I suspect, you can simply delete the question.

    But the question is on record, Sir. If you believe that sharia law is compatible with democracy and US law, please explain how the above reconciles with your assertion.

    You can respond either on your blog or mine, but your silence will be duly noted..

    Cleveland Taxi Drivers- Homophobes?

    Not long ago, there was a big outcry because some pastry shop owner refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple due to his Christian convictions. A lawsuit ensued. Let's see how much "legs" this story has. Muslim cab drivers in Cleveland are refusing to drive cabs that have an ad for the Gay Games.

    Who's homophobic now?

    (Yes, I would have made the cake and driven the cab, in case you were thinking of asking.)

    The Alhimidi Verdict: Some Thoughts

    Court bailiffs restrain 49-year-old Kassim Alhimidi after a jury found him guilty of the first degree murder of his 32-year-old wife Shaima Alhimidi as the verdict was announced in a courtroom at El Cajon, California, on Thursday

    With the guilty verdict in San Diego yesterday, hopefully we can now put a close on what was a disgraceful episode even beyond the brutal murder of Shaima Alawadi. In 2012 when Alawadi was found bludgeoned to death in her El Cajon home, the family  and CAIR rushed to call this a hate crime by someone who hated having Muslims in the community. A faked note was found by the body telling the family to get out of the country. One of the daughters, Fatima, spoke to reporters behind huge sunglasses and lectured the public about Islamophobia calling it a hate crime. The media went along. Coupled with the Treyvon Martin case, activists came up with the phrase, "Hijabs and hoodies" and made it their theme. At one point young Muslims from Orange County were prepared to travel to El Cajon to hold a vigil until abruptly told by San Diego CAIR to hold off until further details came out. Hold off because it appeared it might not be a hate crime rather an honour killing?

    Yes, because it began to come out that number one, Fatima was involved in a family problem because she was the object of a planned arranged marriage and she had a boyfriend, which her parents disapproved of. Secondly, because Shaima Alawadi wanted a divorce from Kassim  Alhimidi.

    In December 2012, I attended the MPAC 2012 annual conference at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, which was generally an exercise in bashing "Islamophobes". There was one exception. A courageous young Muslim social worker from New York, Raja Darakshan, spoke. She told of the horrible torture-murder of a young Muslim boy by his step-father. She also referred to the Alawadi murder case, and recalled how much the Muslim community in the US was involved in the case when the accusation was a hate crime then turned away and went silent when it became apparent that it was an honour killing. Domestic abuse, she told the audience, was the biggest problem in the US Muslim community.

    When Alhimidi was charged with the murder, CAIR and the media had egg on their faces. Now we have a verdict based on the evidence. This was an honour killing staged by an enraged husband, and it was staged to look like a hate crime indicting American society in the process for an act that has yet to be carried out. Had this murder been a hate crime, it would have been the first recorded murder of this type against a Muslim woman. Americans, with few exceptions, are not attacking Muslims. Contrast that with what is happening to Christians in Muslim countries as we speak. However, this is not the first case of an honour killing in North America.

    Of course, Alhimidi is not the first husband to murder his wife nor the first to kill her over a pending divorce. An Orange County court yesterday convicted a Coptic Christian man of having his wife killed because she was divorcing him, and he didn't want to lose half of his assets. The difference we must ask ourselves is whether Alhimidi thought he could justify his actions according to his own values and why members of the family might have gone along with him-or did they really believe that an intruder committed the crime? I have my doubts. More likely I suspect (cannot prove) that they themselves believed there might be some justification in Alhimidi's actions. I should add here that Shaima's mother and other blood relatives were happy at the verdict and believed that Shaima had achieved justice. Fatima said in a statement that she still loved her father but believed he was guilty (I am paraphrasing).

    And what does CAIR San Diego have to say today? Here is their website. Nothing. (I don't know if they have made any statements to the media outside of their website.) Similarly, nothing is on the CAIR national website as of this writing.

    As for this hijabs and hoodies refrain, I think it is time we put that to rest.

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    In Egypt, the Killings of Christians Continues

    Hat tip Jihad i Malmo

    When you read this latest report from the Washington Times, just remember: Our government's policy is to support the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. It apparently does not matter how many Christians they kill.

    Which is sicker? A mob that pulls an innocent woman out of a car and cuts her throat because they see a Christian cross-or the fact that our government is siding with the Muslim Brotherhood (whose followers no doubt carried out this latest horror)?

    Kassim Alhimidi Convicted of Murder in San Diego

    Shaima Alawadi-victim

    Iraqi national Kassim Alhimidi was convicted by a jury this afternoon in San Diego for murdering his wife Shaima Alawadi. When the verdict was read, Alhimidi began waving his finger as if to say, No". members of his family rose and began shouting, first expletives in English, then in Arabic. At least one arrest was made. (Alhimidi's son). Alhimidi then began yelling in Arabic as he was handcuffed and taken from the courtroom.

    The below CBS News link has a video of the verdict and reaction (viewer warning as to language).

    This case raised a furor when it broke because the family claimed an intruder was responsible and that the motive was a hate crime. During the subsequent investigation, it was revealed there was strife in the family, first over an attempted arranged marriage for a daughter, coupled with Alawadi's desire to divorce her husband. It initially became a cause celebe combined with the Treyvon Martin case, and the phrase Hijabs and Hoodies became widely used to refer to both cases.

    Ukraine: "Big Deal" in Geneva

    Hat tip American Thinker

    I guess President Obama's threat of further sanctions has scared Russian into making a deal with the US and EU. ( I think that meant that Jay Carney was going to pull down those old Soviet posters from the wall of his home.) Here are the earth-shaking details.

    Nothing about giving the Crimea back to Ukraine. Nothing about Russian troops being pulled back from the border. Just that all sides will "refrain from further violence". That means the Russians can still accuse Ukraine of attacking Russian-speakers in Eastern Ukraine and use that as a pretext for invading. I wonder if there is anything in the deal that addresses this: Jews in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk being ordered by pro-Russian forces to register.

    Meanwhile, we are sending clothing for Ukrainian troops.

    "Ah wunnerful, ah wunnerful, ah"

    Gang Rape in France

    Hat tip Gallia Watch

    It seems that from one European country to the next, rape has become an epidemic. We see it in Sweden, Norway, the UK,  and also in France among others. The pattern is identical. The victims are native women or girls, the perps are immigrant Muslims and the resultant sentences are lenient. It is almost as if this crime is our equivalent of a misdemeanor in Europe.

    Courtesy of Gallia Watch, here is a horrendous recent case from the French town of Evres, where one French girl was savagely gang-raped for hours by three Turks and a Moroccan. The good news is that they have been captured. The bad news is you should not expect these animals to spend too many years in jail or even be deported.

    Europe has a serious problem, and is not responding adequately. Actually, I am surprised that the news media even reported who these savages were. Usually the reports only indicate that they were "youths" or at most people from Asian backgrounds, as if they were Chinese or Japanese. Asian background in this case is code from Pakistan, India, or Bangladesh (South Asia).

    Another constant refrain is that the arrestees tell police that the victims were "whores" because all French (or Swedish, Norwegian, or British girls) are "whores".

    Does this mean that all or even most of Muslim immigrants in Europe are rapists? Of course not. It must also be added that we don't have this phenomenon in the US. However, the numbers in Europe don't lie. A recent study in Norway reported that over the course of the year, 86 "violent rapes" occurred in that country-all committed by "foreigners". I will bet you a steak dinner none of those were from Latin America, North America or the countries we consider Asian in the US. (Far East, SE Asia, Pacific Rim).

    This is partly the fault of Europe's acceptance without question of their own perverted definition of "multi-culturalism", which must not be criticized at all costs. The truth is that the people themselves have had enough. Their leaders, however, the politicians, the academics, and the media-and especially the EU will not bend. They know the Muslim world is watching-and they must not be offended no matter how many outrages the Europeans must suffer-no matter how much their societies are torn asunder. Just think: In some European countries, I could be prosecuted just for writing this piece. Yet in the UK, Anjem Choudary and his gang of Muslim fanatics can stand on a street corner and call for critics of Islam to be beheaded without penalty and nobody dares do a thing about it. That's cowardice.

    Just like what is happening in France.