The Iconoclast

Monday, 27 October 2008
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From a news story on October 11, 2008:   "Colin Powell told jurors in the corruption trial of Sen. Ted Stevens yesterday that the powerful Alaska Republican had a "sterling" reputation among the nation's military and political leaders. "He was someone whose word you ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2008 3:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 27 October 2008
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Not to be found in the well-known text by Dawkins and Gradgrind: http://www.iamtonyang.com/0309/unicorn_tapestry.jpg ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2008 3:09 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 27 October 2008
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"Thomas Gradgrind. A man of realities. A man of facts and calculations. A man who proceeds upon the principle that two and two are four, and nothing over, and who is not to be talked into allowing for anything over. Thomas Gradgrind, sir -- peremptorily Thomas -- Thomas Gradgrind. With a rule and ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2008 3:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 27 October 2008
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Richard Dawkins – he of the “probably no God” adverts on our bendy buses – has declared war on fairy tales, on the grounds that they are not true. Libby Purves discusses this in The Times:   “I don't know what to think about magic and fairy tales,” [Dawkins] ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2008 12:04 PM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 27 October 2008
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http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=SNyZNKnlxko ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2008 10:34 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 27 October 2008
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"Are you a real American or an...elitist" [from a reader taking issue with  this piece] Look again at the title of the piece. Charges against Obama that make sense are vitiated when other charges that make no sense are so embarrassingly flung about at the same ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2008 10:26 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 27 October 2008
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When the AP news flashed last night on the US Special Forces cross border attack into Syria from Iraq, I had posted this on Israpundit: “Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem accused the United States earlier this year of not giving his country the equipment needed to prevent foreign fighters ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2008 10:06 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Monday, 27 October 2008
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http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/1883.htm ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2008 9:40 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 27 October 2008
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Times of India: MUMBAI: With an impressive resume, a senior position with Yahoo and hailing from an educated family, Mansoor Peerbhoy may have appeared an unlikely jehadi to his folks and peers. But the facade masked a fanatical commitment to a jehad against "tormentors" of Muslims. Intelligence ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2008 7:16 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 27 October 2008
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He discusses how best to achieve redistribution of wealth in America and that the civil rights movement should have pushed more in that direction. He doesn't think it could be achieved through the courts, but legislatively and administratively. Listen here. ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2008 7:09 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 26 October 2008
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http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=F7MWoW8Xk28&feature=related ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2008 5:30 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 26 October 2008
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The duty of Jihad has to be defined accurately, but also in a way that can easily be grasped by auditors, so that it does not exclude, but clearly includes, all of the current instruments that Muslims employ to further Jihad. The initial smokescreen, or deception, offered both Muslims, and such non-Muslim ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2008 5:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 26 October 2008
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"Is Barack Obama a real American or a Harvard elitist?"    -- headline to this story in The Miami Herald   Replace the name "Barack Obama" in that phrase above with any of the dozen names below:    John Adams John Quincy Adams Henry Adams Theodore ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2008 5:01 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 26 October 2008
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http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=OFqn-l9SL3M ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2008 4:26 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Sunday, 26 October 2008
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   In my short piece London-Paris-London, I wrote, "The London Underground map is a masterpiece of logic, while the Metro map is a muddle." The Tube map is not only logical, it is a design classic: There was a period, between the wars, when European refugees like Gropius stopped ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2008 1:46 PM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 26 October 2008
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Once again, those wise folk at The Guardian know what's good - and bad - for lesser mortals. David Thompson reports on how Guardian writer Theo Hobson wants to save us from the evils of James Bond: The Guardian’s Theo Hobson tells us why he doesn’t approve of James Bond:  It ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2008 12:59 PM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 26 October 2008
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Indignation, by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin, 256 pp., $26); On Chesil Beach, by Ian McEwan (Anchor, 224 pp., $13.95) The idea that mankind might find life beautifully easy if only the right laws could be promulgated and the right social attitudes inculcated is a beguiling one. It suggests that dissatisfaction ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2008 11:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 26 October 2008
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WND:  A lawsuit filed by Democratic attorney Philip Berg alleging that Sen. Barack Obama is ineligible to be president was dismissed by a federal judge yesterday on grounds that Berg lacks standing to bring the lawsuit. In a 34-page memorandum that accompanied the court order, the Hon. R. Barclay ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2008 10:41 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Sunday, 26 October 2008
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I have just stumbled on this linguistic campfire song, to which various people have contributed. I include my favourite verses, but it’s all pretty good:   Mama don't allow no back-formation round here. No, Mama don't allow no back-formation round here. Well, we don't care what Mama don't ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2008 8:00 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 26 October 2008
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Is there no end to French perfidy? From The Telegraph with thanks to Alan: Exactly 593 years after King Henry V's legendary victory, a revisionist conference will be held at the scene of the triumph. Academics will suggest that the extent of the feat of arms was massively exaggerated, with claims ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2008 7:29 AM by Mary Jackson
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Sunday, 26 October 2008
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New Duranty: JERUSALEM — Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni of Israel ran out of options in her efforts to form a government and decided her only choice would be to press for early elections, now likely to be scheduled for February, party officials said Saturday night. (...) It will be a high-stakes ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2008 7:04 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 25 October 2008
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Jeffrey Imm writes: In Washington DC, when you go to the main city subway station (Metro Center), you will be surrounded by numerous advertisements showing images of Washington DC destroyed by a nuclear holocaust. The source of these images is the same source as images promoted on Jihadist web sites ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/25/2008 9:22 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 25 October 2008
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"The killings [of Western DHL employees in Kabul]appeared not to be targeted and dissimilar to the fatal shooting of aid worker Gayle Williams, who held joint British, South African nationality, earlier this week. Williams, 34, worked with disabled Afghans with the group SERVE - Serving Emergency ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/25/2008 8:55 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 25 October 2008
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On Thursday, we posted a link to a picture of Barack Obama's house and what appeared to be a mosque across the street. It turns out that building is actually a synagogue. Thanks to Daniel for ferreting out the truth. However, David J. Rusin writes about Obama's office in Philladelphia. It is located ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/25/2008 2:17 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 25 October 2008
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http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=sx3EmspoDpI&feature=related ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/25/2008 2:07 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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