Sunday, December 18, 2011

A needle in the haystack

Yes, this is probably a hate crime, as the attacker, David Nienberg questioned his victims country of origin (Pakistan) and his name (Yaqub Bham) before attacking him with a fork, biting off part of his ear and breaking 10 of Bham's ribs.  Bham, a salesman for ADT has been in the U.S. since 1997 and a citizen since 2007, his daughter saying, "When we moved to the States, it was for educational opportunities and just a better living, a better life."  She also pointed out that, despite the occasional rude comment suggesting they "go back to where they came from" she did not see that as antagonistic or frightening, just a nuisance to be ignored.

The local chapter of Hamas-linked CAIR and it's leader, Mustafaa Carroll believe the daughter needs to be suitably insulted, Muslim-wise, and take proper offense.  The blame, says Carroll can be laid squarely on the shoulders of those who have created the atmosphere of "Islamophobia" and speak of things evil; sharia creeping into Western life and Muslims taking over the world.  I believe he means people such as myself, yet as small as my voice is, I must present quite the opponent for Carroll to see me as a threat.  He must instead be referring to Spencer, and Geller and Bostom or McCarthy, certainly not little old me.

This latest incident, if true is to be condemned in the strongest terms.  Nienberg, at this time does appear to have a few problems with the bats in his belfry, we will know more after a serious and in-depth psychiatric evaluation.  As of now, local law enforcement says "...deputies are looking into whether Nienberg was under the influence of narcotics or alcohol or had suffered a mental break, "because it was just incoherent, the things that he was saying."  Whatever the reasoning behind the attack, it will be CAIR and their henchmen who will crow the loudest about how this proves their contention that Muslims are victims, and that mobs of Islamophobes with torches and pitchforks are running amok, rounding up and beating innocent followers of the religion of peace.

When you hear Hamas-linked CAIR speak of the interminable treatment Muslims must bear, and of how they are being hounded, insulted and belittled, ask them to explain how that is possible, when in 2010 hate crimes based in religion showed Muslims suffered only 13% of the total attacks, while Jews and other non-Muslim religions had to withstand well over over 65% of religious hatred.  Then again, neither Hamas-linked CAIR, or any "moderate" Muslim or group has ever acknowledged their own coreligionists may be responsible for the attitudes and beliefs non-Muslims have about Islam.  It couldn't have anything to do with the copious Qur'anic quotes jihadists use to justify their actions, or the shouts of "Allahu Akbar" just before pressing the detonator, could it?

Thanks to reader "B" for the tip.

From December 18 by Lindsay Wise

Family says attack on Muslim man in Tomball should be hate crime

Yaqub Bham's visit to a residence in Tomball on Wednesday was supposed to be routine for the 61-year-old ADT salesman, who had come to inspect a client's property before installing a home security system.
Instead, the homeowner, David L. Nienberg, allegedly tried to stab Bham with a fork, bit off part of his ear, and beat him so badly that he broke 10 ribs.
Nienberg, 42, of Tomball, is charged with aggravated assault. If convicted, he could serve from two to 20 years in prison.
Bham's distraught family members want the incident investigated as a possible hate crime against Bham, a Muslim native of Pakistan who became an American citizen in 2007.They say an agitated Nienberg became violent after asking Bham about the origin of his name and where he was from.
Harris County sheriff's deputies who responded to a 911 call from Nienberg's family about 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday did not mention the questions about Bham's name and origins in their report, said Deputy Thomas Gilliland, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.
Why not?  Would that not go a long way towards determining the motive for the attack?
Gilliland said Nienberg apparently became angry while reviewing the contract for a security system in his four-bedroom home on Everhart Pointe Drive. When Bham offered to make another contract, or change it, "the defendant took the backpack that Mr. Bham had and wouldn't give him the backpack, which contained the keys to his vehicle," Gilliland said.
The two men's verbal disagreement then became physical, the deputy said.
Nienberg lunged at Bham with a fork, Gilliland said he was told. Relatives took the implement away, but Nienberg allegedly managed to get Bham in a choke hold, beat him, and bite him while muttering about military operations.
When deputies arrived, Nienberg refused to let go of Bham until they "secured the perimeter" and "secured women personnel," Gilliland said.
It took three deputies to pull Nienberg off Bham, he said. They deployed Tasers on Nienberg twice, and even then, the furious man continued to kick and spit after they wrestled him into a patrol car, said Gilliland.
Victim hospitalized
Bham, who was recovering Friday in a local hospital, immigrated to Houston in 1997 and is the married father of three adult children. He and his family proudly became U.S. citizens four years ago, said his daughter, Shazdeh Bham, 23.
"When we moved to the States, it was for educational opportunities and just a better living, a better life," she said.
Every once in a while, the Bham family hears negative comments like, "Go back to your country where you belong," Shazdeh Bham said, "but it's never bothered us. It never made us think twice about anything."
The attack on her father was different, though, and frightening.
"I'm just really angry, and I'm extremely confused because I still don't understand why this happened, and what triggered this … and why this person caused this much harm and this much hurt to my father," she said. "Now I just want to see justice. I want to see this person punished for what he did."
Shazdeh Bham said her father is a hardworking citizen who would never say anything negative about anyone.
"He is a patient and positive person," she added. "He is very easy to work with. His family is his entire life, which is his only priority."
Nienberg's questions about Bham's name and background suggest that the attack might have been motivated by racial or religious bias, said Mustafaa Carroll, executive director of the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. The group on Friday joined Bham's family in calling on local law enforcement and the FBI to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime.
"It's because of what precipitated the attack that makes us think it has all the elements of a hate crime: 'What does your name mean? Where are you from?' And then boom, he jumped on him," Carroll said.
"The level of hate speech and rhetoric that we hear on a fairly regular basis in society - the baseless accusations that Muslims are trying to take over America, or they're trying to bring Sharia law, or they're trying to subvert the government - this baseless rhetoric keeps the environment heated for something like this to happen, for the possibility of violence," he said. "When you say that stuff over and over and over, it begins to play on your psychology toward a certain group of people."
What if what is said is true, Carroll?  Your victimization rings hollow when jihad is sanctioned, and required for every Muslim via the Qur'an and hadiths of Muhammad.  
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