The Iconoclast

Sunday, 25 December 2016
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Peace and goodwill.  The Sans Day Carol by the Albion Christmas band, with members of Fairport Convention. I wrote about the Sans Day or St Day Carol one Christmas  some years ago.   ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/25/2016 6:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Sunday, 25 December 2016
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by Conrad Black The year ends amid the most astonishing display of sour grapes, mass embarrassment, and unspontaneous amnesia in living memory of U.S. presidential elections. The national media, sleepwalking toward the inauguration they did everything possible to prevent, having denied at every stage, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/25/2016 4:49 AM by Conrad Black
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Sunday, 25 December 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Adam Saleh, a Muslim who calls himself a comedian and “YouTube prankster,” was recently removed from a Delta flight in London. He claimed that a phone call he made to his mother in Arabic had alarmed passengers, who were entirely too jittery on hearing that language. But according ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/25/2016 4:40 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Saturday, 24 December 2016
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From the Times Fussilet 33 is a mosque and community centre complex in the downmarket district of Moabit in western Berlin. It is opposite a police station, just a few hundred metres from where Anis Amri hijacked the lorry used for the Christmas market attack. It is also near the Nordhafen canal ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2016 4:46 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Saturday, 24 December 2016
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by The Law See this VIDEO (29 seconds):  "Normally at Christmas we think of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. I wonder though with this year we might remember how the story of the nativity unfolds with the fleeing of the Holy Family to escape violent persecution. And we might also remember ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2016 12:21 PM by The Law
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Saturday, 24 December 2016
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Eric Metaxis writes in the WSJ: It happened on Christmas Eve, 48 years ago. Three men took turns reading from the first 10 verses of the Book of Genesis. They were nearly 250,000 miles away from Bethlehem, but since it was the night before Christmas, and there was no chimney from which to hang ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2016 8:33 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Saturday, 24 December 2016
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The UN Security Council meets on December 23, 2016 (UN Screenshot) President Obama yours was the unkindest abstention in the history of the US actions as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Yesterday, in a deliberate act of retribution and in consort with four council members, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2016 12:21 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Friday, 23 December 2016
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From the Telegraph and The East London and West Essex Guardian A terrorist sympathiser used aid convoys to Syria to send thousands of pounds to his extremist nephew fighting alongside Al Qaeda in a bid to set up a team of 'night snipers' in Syria.  Former probation officer Syed Hoque, 37, sent £4,500 ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2016 12:59 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 23 December 2016
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by Michael Curtis Politics is a game, in some ways akin to football. A win depends on how many points are on the official scoreboard, not on how many yards have been covered. For a stable society to exist or a game to be successful certain rules must be followed. They may be simple or complex, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2016 7:48 AM by Michael Curtis
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Friday, 23 December 2016
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Here's Emma Reynolds, for news.com.au, whose report features some predictable waffle from the "Victoria Police Multi-Faith Council". http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/news/police-raids-in-melbournes-northern-suburbs/news-story/135a23d342de22b6abedc7203b02d04f "Police Raids in Melbourne's ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2016 4:38 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Friday, 23 December 2016
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From the Daily Mail The Berlin attack suspect has been shot dead after a gunfight with police in Milan this morning, Italian police have said. He is understood to have pulled a gun on a police patrol after being stopped for a routine ID check and shot an officer in the shoulder leaving him seriously ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2016 3:48 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 23 December 2016
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From the German edition of The Local Police special forces arrested two young men in Duisburg, western Germany, on Friday morning, saying they planned to bomb a shopping centre. The 28-year-old and 31-year-old brothers, born in Kosovo, are suspected of planning the attack on the Centro shopping mall ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2016 3:11 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Friday, 23 December 2016
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As reported by various Aussie news outlets today.  St Paul's Anglican Cathedral, Federation Square, and the major Flinders St Railway Station were all going to be attacked, on Christmas Day.  We shall begin with the ABC report, which of course primly refuses to mention the M-word, the J-word, or ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2016 12:42 AM by Christina McIntosh
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Thursday, 22 December 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald From al-Arabiya: A senior leader of the Iranian army has mocked Gulf Arab states for their disappointment in Syria and threatened that after the victory in Aleppo it would be the turn of places such as Bahrain, Yemen and Iraq’s Mosul. “The people of Bahrain will get their ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2016 8:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 22 December 2016
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From Deutsche Welle German officials have come under fire after it emerged Anis Amri, a suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack, was known to police. Reporters from public broadcasters NDR and WDR as well as the daily "Süddeutsche Zeitung" reported that Amri's fingerprints were found on the ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2016 6:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016
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by Gary Fouse German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become a parody of herself with each new terror attack committed by one of the refugees, asylum-seekers, or migrants that she has allowed into her country. Her constant refrain, for which she is now mocked, has been, "Wir Schaffen dass" (We can do ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2016 5:47 PM by Gary Fouse
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple No time or society, I imagine, is entirely without its ironies or contradictions. For example, we are horrified by the sexual abuse of children but all our social policy over the last fifty years has been to maximise it. We would, in practice, be far more horrified by attempts ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2016 5:43 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016
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From Sky News  The Telegraph and the German edition of The Local German police are hunting a Tunisian man over the Berlin market attack after finding documents in the truck, according to reports. The identity document was found under the driver's seat of the truck which ploughed into crowds at the ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2016 5:21 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016
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by Hugh Fitzgerald Recognizing that something’s wrong with Islam is an advance. Assuming it can be made right smacks of Pollyanna. Tony Blair has said that the educational systems in countries where [Muslim] extremism had taken hold must be overhauled. And just how will this be done? We’ve ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2016 5:18 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016
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A NATIVITY play was turned into chaos after an asylum seeker stormed the stage and started preaching from the Koran.The Somali asylum seeker suddenly leapt on stage during the traditional depiction of the Christian story in the Austrian town of Oberndorf near Schwanenstadt in the state of Upper Austria, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2016 3:30 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple A man charged with a crime has the right to the best defense he can make, but his lawyer ought not to offer preposterous arguments in mitigation when he is convicted. Michael Coe was a violent and persistent criminal, who, under the influence of a jihadist, converted to Islam ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2016 1:33 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 19 December 2016
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According to the German newspaper Das Weld the driver of the truck which ploughed int the Berlin Christmas market murdering nine people this evening was a Pakistani national who entered Germany in February as a refugee.  Nach Informationen der „Welt“ soll der mutmaßliche Lkw-Fahrer aus Pakistan kommen ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2016 5:57 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 19 December 2016
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This isn't yet certain but it has the ring of truth. From the Mirror and the Daily Mail The truck used to plough into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing at least nine people, may have been hijacked, according to the firm which owns it. The delivery company said the vehicle had left Poland this ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2016 5:05 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 19 December 2016
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TEL AVIV – Islamic State sympathizers and militants are celebrating an incident on Monday in which a lorry ploughed through a crowd of shoppers in a busy Christmas market in Berlin, reportedly killing nine people and injuring more than fifty. The messages, obtained by Breitbart Jerusalem, were posted ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2016 4:11 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 19 December 2016
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They only have to get lucky once and tonight 'they' got lucky with the one everybody was trying to stop. Somewhere in Europe a Christmas market was the target. Peace and Goodwill to all Men, Joy to the World, could not be left to a prosperous New Year. From the German edition of The Local. and The Telegraph At ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2016 2:54 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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