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These are all the Blogs posted on Sunday, 1, 2009.
Sunday, 1 March 2009
World wide web

Before he could begin reading the news this morning my husband had to remove a longlegged but nearly transparent spider that had built her web between the monitor and some papers overnight.
She may be one of the spiders he brought in on his fishing tackle last year.
He keeps his favourite rods that he uses most often propped up by the front door. Ours is not a contender for "Homes and Gardens"  magazine you understand.  I noticed a thick skein of gossamer with tiny, tiny, dots in it.
"I hope you are going to wipe them off and take them outside" I said.
"In the morning," he said, "Let them have a night in comfort."
Next morning of course they were gone.  Two days later every one of the bannisters up the staircase had a small transparent spider resident in its own web. I gently cleared the webs away and brushed those ladies into the garden.
There are always spiders in any home in corners or behind skirting boards and the bath but I have had rather a lot of these which are noticibly pale and fine, but with longer legs now they have grown. And they spin webs very quickly overnight.
One evening I washed up and left the pots and pans on the draining board to air dry overnight.
Early next morning there were webs between my saucepans and the taps, across to the milk bottles ready for the step and back. Eventually the spider responsible showed her face and was shown to the garden.
Her sister in the computer cupboard has been the most cunning but today she slipped up.

Posted on 03/01/2009 2:06 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Islam 4 the UK marches down Bethnal Green Road

Ed Hussain mentioned on Friday in the Evening Standard that this march would be taking place on Saturday 28th, as did the Daily Star but there has been no report in the East London Advertiser. Denying this unsavoury mob the oxygen of publicity is probably the right thing to do.
It was organised by the delightful Anjem Choudary who led several dozen of his spawn down Bethnal Green Road and into Brick Lane yesterday afternoon chanting "Islam for the UK", "Allah Akbar" and such as they went.Islam 4 UK - March in London

There is a 10 minute video taken by oneof the bruvverz as he shambled along on You Tube now, here.
There may have been women on parade but they would have been right at the back so our little soldier would not have seen them.
Bethnal Green Road used to bustle on a Saturday afternoon but the pavements seems empty and few were taking any notice of the pyjama clad laddies. I suggest you push it forward to about 8 minutes to the bit where Choudary explains how to clean the bottom, under islam. Followed by the most telling sentence of the event, one bruvver to another, "spread out a bit, bruv, yeah, make it look a bit better".
The You Tube comments are not appreciative of Soldier For Islam who has been given what for, as we say.
I was not pleased when Geert Wilders was barred from the UK. But in the interests of free speech it was right to let this march go ahead. I doubt anybody watching them would be inspired to attend his local mosque to learn more. 

Posted on 03/01/2009 3:24 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 1 March 2009
No Sisterhood in Islam

by Mary Jackson (March 2009) 

As a Muslim you really do feel part of a global community regardless of where you're from, the colour of your skin. The Islamic sisterhood makes Western feminism pale in significance.” Yvonne Ridley
 
I have heard it said by dreamy apologists for Islam that the religion is woman-friendly in one important respect: because men and women cannot mix freely, women are thrown in on each other’s company, producing a kind of “sisterhood” that Western feminists can only dream of. Do women in the Islamic world find comfort in each other’s society, or even unite against male oppression? more>>>
Posted on 03/01/2009 10:33 AM by NER
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Did CPAC Stiff Arm Wilders and the Anti-Jihad Front in Washington?

Patrick Poole's Pajamas Media piece, “Was CPAC an epic fail?” about what  occurred at CPAC in Washington, DC is exemplified by the trivializing of Geert Wilders appearance there, as well as the prominent role given to arch dhimmi, the 'red bearded' Grover Norquist.  In Islam, a red beard-usually dyed with henna- indicates a fervent believer. We are not suggesting that there is any connection.  Norquist has abetted the careers of Muslim Brother advocates, Jihadi extremists and convicted felons, Abdulrahman Alamoudi and Sami al Arian and the infiltration of the leadership of the American Conservative Union. But then, Norquist is married to a Palestinian Muslim woman and PR official of the US AID in our State Department raising suspicions in the minds of many of us of whether he is a ‘secret’ Muslim convert. Conservatives have been ‘blinded’ by his light arising from his Wednesday K-Street policy confabs and his leadership in the early days of the Bush 43 Administration to push through massive tax cuts, now the subject of evisceration by the Obama Administration in a vain attempt to curtail  the multi-trillion deficits by 2012. 
 

The epic friendship with Bush Chief of Staff, political operative and FoxNews political analyst Karl Rove gave Norquist an open door to the Oval Office under Bush.  Rove and Norquist set up the Islamic Institute in a thinly disguised attempt to attract American Muslims to vote Republican in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections. In a radio debate  hosted by Hugh Hewitt with Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy, who had written one of the more telling dossiers on Norquist, Norquist wasn’t above stooping to the line that criticism of Arab American Muslim is tantamount to racism. Witness this remark:

"There is no place in the conservative movement for racial prejudice, religious bigotry or ethnic hatred… The conservative movement cannot be associated with racism or bigotry. … It is important that we, as conservative, stand up against bigotry, racism, and religious hatred whenever it raises its ugly head."

Here's what Poole wrote about these issues that dogged the appearance of Wilders, shunted aside from the glare of rostrum of CPAC that corroborate what other “official bloggers”  like Pamela Geller have noted:
 
That the conservative movement has slid into complete irrelevancy was demonstrated by the absence of any ideas, nay, any discussion whatsoever of several of the most pressing political issues of our day.

As fellow blogger Pamela Geller of Atlas Shrugged observed, there was not a single panel on the War on Terror, the growing threats to free speech, or the cultural jihad underway in the West.

What should have been one of the most important events of this year’s CPAC, the appearance by Dutch parliamentarian and anti-jihad activist Geert Wilders, was relegated to the opposite side of the hotel, divorced from all of the other conference proceedings. There were no official announcements that this event would even be taking place (none that I heard at least), and when trying to locate the room in which it would be held, not a single CPAC staffer could tell me where. And this event only happened because David Horowitz, Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, and Andy Bostom personally shelled out the money to make it happen.

Now CPAC organizers would no doubt respond that they could not fit Wilders into the schedule on such short notice. But I have no doubt that if Bristol Palin had suddenly come available to address CPAC on the virtues of teen pregnancy, David Keene and the American Conservative Union would no doubt have moved heaven and earth to make room in the schedule for her. But they could not accommodate a man who lives under constant death threats by a long list of Islamic terrorist organizations. Honestly, I don’t know much about Geert Wilders’ politics. I only met the man briefly, and I heard his stump speech twice on Friday. But anyone who has a stack of fatwas calling for his death because of his willingness to speak out against the global jihad is going to receive my support, regardless of any politically incorrect view he may or may not hold. From my limited perspective, all Geert Wilders has done is hold a mirror up to reflect back the ugly racism and advocacy of violence that are the staple of the most prominent and authoritative officials in Islam. For that he has earned nothing but enmity from the avowed enemies of the West. But it wasn’t enough to earn him a speaking spot on this year’s CPAC schedule. Meanwhile, GOP operative and Karl Rove confidante Grover Norquist, who is single-handedly responsible for opening the doors of political power for [convicted felons] al-Qaeda fundraiser Abdulrahman Alamoudi and Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Sami Al-Arian, was given the honor of introducing House Minority Leader John Boehner on Friday morning. The contrast between the cold reception of Wilders and the warm embrace of Norquist by CPAC could not be any starker.

Tom Trento also give CPAC and "F."

Posted on 03/01/2009 6:41 AM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Father sues Turkish Education Ministry over Armenian 'genocide' DVD

From The Sunday Times
A father is suing the Turkish Education Ministry for forcing his 11-year-old daughter to watch a “racist” and “disturbing” film countering claims that Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians in 1915 with graphic allegations of Armenian atrocities against Turks.
The landmark case takes on what human rights activists have called the State's militarist policy of brainwashing Turkey's schoolchildren to the point of racist paranoia, aiming to preserve a nationalist status quo criticised by the European Union, which Turkey is keen to join.
“My daughter was very disturbed and frightened by the documentary and kept asking me if the Armenians had cut us up,” said Serdar Kaya, an ethnic Turkish doctor, who is suing the ministry and the child's school for inciting racial hatred.
“There are many mass graves, bones and skulls in the DVD. They have interviewed old grandads who inspire confidence and compassion. When they say things like 'They cut off his head' and 'They used it instead of firewood', that is bound to stay with the children,” Serdar Degirmencioglu, a psychologist, told the Armenian newspaper Agos when news first broke that the documentary was being shown to primary school children - including ethnic Armenian Turks.
The Education Ministry says that it has stopped the distribution of the documentary, Sari Gelin (Blonde Bride), named after an Armenian folk song. But it has apparently not recalled it and critics say that it remains part of the curriculum.
Many historians class the 1915 events as genocide, but even those who reject the term accept that hundreds of thousands of Armenians died when the Ottoman Turks deported them from eastern Anatolia. According to the International Association of Genocide Scholars, the death toll was “more than a million”.
“You go and kill more than a million Armenians, wipe the traces of Armenians from Anatolia, grab their property, and then show children videos about 'What the Armenians did to us' ... We are cutting these children off from the rest of the world,” said Ahmet Altan, editor of the independent newspaper Taraf.

Posted on 03/01/2009 2:31 AM by Esmerelda WEatherwax
Sunday, 1 March 2009
President Kadyrov defends honour killings

FromThe Belfast Telegraph and Associated Press
The President of Chechnya has justified the right of male relatives to carry out 'honour killings' after seven young women were found shot dead.
The bullnecked president of Chechnya emerged from afternoon prayers at the mosque and with chilling composure explained why seven young women who had been shot in the head deserved to die.
Ramzan Kadyrov said the women, whose bodies were found dumped by the roadside, had "loose morals" and were rightfully shot by male relatives in honor killings.
"If a woman runs around and if a man runs around with her, both of them are killed," Kadyrov told journalists in the capital of this Russian republic.
The 32-year-old former militia leader is carrying out a campaign to impose Islamic values and strengthen the traditional customs of predominantly Muslim Chechnya, in an effort to blunt the appeal of hardline Islamic separatists and shore up his power.
Few dare to challenge Kadyrov's rule in this southern Russian region of more than a million people,
Kadyrov describes women as the property of their husbands and says their main role is to bear children. He encourages men to take more than one wife, even though polygamy is illegal in Russia. Women and girls are now required to wear headscarves in all schools, universities and government offices.
But many chafe under the restrictions.
"How do women live in Chechnya? They live as the men say," said Taisiya, 20, who asked that her last name not be used for fear of retribution. She was not wearing a headscarf while shopping in central Grozny, which she said was her way of protesting.
Most women now wear headscarves in public, though the scarves rarely fully cover their hair and in some cases are little more than colorful silk headbands. Women who go out without a headscarf tend to tuck one into their bag for use where headscarves are required.
Many people suspect Kadyrov is branding the seven late November slayings honor killings to advance his political agenda. He said the women were planning to go abroad to work as prostitutes, but their relatives found out about it and killed them.
Few Chechens believe that.
"If women are killed according to tradition then it is done very secretly to prevent too many people from finding out that someone in the family behaved incorrectly," said Natalya Estemirova, a prominent human rights activist in Grozny.
Estemirova said two of the women were married, with two children each. Their husbands held large funerals and buried them in the family plot, which would not have happened if the women had disgraced their families, she said.
Kadyrov's version also has been contradicted by federal prosecutors in Moscow, who have concluded relatives were not involved. No arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing. Kadyrov's office refused to comment on the investigators' conclusion.
The Moscow newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that some of the women worked in brothels frequented by Kadyrov's men. Many Chechens say they suspect the women were killed in a police operation. The truth of the killings may never be known, given how much Kadyrov is feared.
Rights activists fear that Kadyrov's approval of honor killings may encourage men to carry them out. Honor killings are considered part of Chechen tradition. No records are kept, but human rights activists estimate dozens of women are killed every year.
What the president says is law," said Gistam Sakaeva, a Chechen activist who works to defend women's rights. "Because the president said this, many will try to gain his favor by killing someone, even if there is no reason."
Sakaeva also said she worried that Chechen authorities would now be less willing to prosecute men suspected of killing women.
Kadyrov inherited his position from his father, Akhmad Kadyrov, a Muslim cleric and former rebel commander who fought the Russians during Chechnya's war of independence in 1994-1996.
But as Kadyrov has consolidated his power, many of his critics and political rivals have been killed. Some have been gunned down on the streets of Moscow, including journalist Anna Politkovskaya, whose death in 2006 shocked the world.
In one of the most recent killings, a Chechen who had accused Kadyrov of personally torturing him was shot last month as he walked out of a grocery store in Vienna, Austria.
Kadyrov has denied any involvement in the killings.
The Kremlin appears willing to continue allowing Kadyrov to rule as he wishes, as long as he prevents another outbreak of violence.

Posted on 03/01/2009 3:45 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 1 March 2009
That's what you think

Jamie White, via Samizdata:

The idea that everyone is entitled to his opinion is one of those truisms so often repeated that it now goes without saying. Like many truisms, however, it is false.

It is also usually irrelevant. Let us suppose that Jill disputes Jack’s opinion that free trade causes poverty in the Third World. Jack may defend his opinion by producing evidence connecting trade and poverty but he cannot help his case by insisting that he is entitled to his opinion. How could that show that free trade causes poverty in the Third World?

The entitlement would be relevant only if it guaranteed the truth of your opinions. But it can’t do that, because it is an entitlement supposedly enjoyed by everybody. And people disagree. Jack and Jill are both entitled to their contradictory opinions about trade and poverty, but they can’t both be right. So insisting that you are entitled to your opinion cannot possibly give you any proper advantage in a debate.

Oh yes it can.

Posted on 03/01/2009 4:38 PM by Mary Jackson
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Toponymic Distress Or, May This Fight Go On Forever
Posted on 03/01/2009 7:36 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 1 March 2009
The Taliban Will Not Be Satisfied To Be Sultans Of Swat
Posted on 03/01/2009 8:19 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 1 March 2009
A Musical Interlude: Let's Misbehave (Harry Reser Orch., voc. Tom Stacks)
Posted on 03/01/2009 11:02 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Too Late
Posted on 03/01/2009 11:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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