Monday, January 15, 2007

The Eyes Of Texas

Some readers may be aware of the fact that in a town called Barker, in the state of Texas, pig races are being held to protest the proposed building of a mosque. This story has been in the American papers and France-Echos is following it closely, especially in view of the pork soup fiasco in France.

A website called Katyislamicassociation (KIA) was created to report on the "doings" in Barker. This site is the Texan counterpart to a Muslim website of the same name, except the URL ends in .com.

The Texas version of KIA offers lots of photos of the pig races, which for some reason are held at night. Do pigs run better at night? On the homepage there is also a link to the original letter by Craig A. Baker explaining how the whole thing started: two Muslim developers came to him one day and told him of their plans for a community center next to his property. They also told him he would have to leave his ranch, since the cattle would pose a danger to the children. Read his story here.

In addition to all the information you will ever need about pig races, there are links on the homepage to two letters and one postcard sent by three supportive French persons to the citizens of Barker, Texas.

The citizens of Barker also heard about the decision of the French Council of State with regard to pork soup, and reacted with the friendly comment that "French politicians have proven to the world again that they are in fact idiots."

Though I have often felt that, considering other problems such as crime and media misinformation, the issue of pigs and pork soup borders on the trivial, it will be instructive to watch what happens in Barker, Texas. If Craig Baker is forced off his ranch by Muslims it will signal the official dhimmitude of the United States, unless the taking of the oath of office with his hand on the Koran by Representative Keith Ellison of Minneapolis has already accomplished that feat.

But even if the Muslims in Texas comply, the mere fact that they are there, making demands, does not bode well. On the other hand the revolt of the Texans does bode well. Unfortunately Texas is not the United States, anymore than Vendée, during the Revolution, was France.


At January 16, 2007 5:11 AM, Blogger t-ham said...

I would imagine that the races are held at night because nobody would attend day-time races, primarily because they are all working and actively involved in providing for their families, conducting themselves as productive members of their community, and exhibiting the American and Texan principles of self-reliance, hard work, and self respect. That, and the tradition of getting paid on a Friday, cleaning up and slickin' down your hair and going out with your best girl to unwind and have a little fun.

Asking no man for handouts nor exhibiting special pleading, they are just too damn busy to watch pig races during the day.

At January 17, 2007 12:50 PM, Blogger Old Gary said...

The races are held on Friday evenings, supposedly while the muslims are at evening prayers.

At January 18, 2007 4:26 AM, Blogger t-ham said...

That, too.

At January 19, 2007 7:14 PM, Blogger tiberge said...

@ t-ham and old gary

Thanks for the comments. My apologies to Texans for not realizing that their work ethic and the duties of everyday living would prevent them from having the races during the day.

I hadn't considered WHICH day. Sunday is out since church takes precedence. Saturday is usually busy with shopping, etc... Friday night is perfect - and provides good background sound effects to the prayers.


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