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These are all the Blogs posted on Saturday, 10, 2012.
Saturday, 10 November 2012
First French jihad suspect arrested in Mali
PARIS (AP) -- Mali's authorities have arrested a Frenchman in the west African country who allegedly was trying to join radical Islamists controlling the north. French and Mali officials confirmed Friday that 24-year-old Ibrahim Ouattara was taken into custody there this week and charged in France with trying to reach radicals fighting in another country.

Outtara is the first French citizen arrested in Mali, but France, Mali's former colonial ruler, is concerned it could itself become a target of battle-hardened returning fighters. A judicial official said on condition of anonymity that Ouattara holds French and Malian nationality.

Posted on 11/10/2012 2:38 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Harvard Business School Is "Deeply Troubled" By Israeli Buffet Table

Harvard 'deeply troubled' by row over Israeli buffet

By JPOST.COM STAFF
11/09/2012

Business School responds to former student's criticism, description of Israeli dining station as affront to Arabs.

The Harvard Business School is "deeply troubled" for having offended Arab sensibilities due to the mischaracterization of various foods appearing on the menu of the dining room's Israeli Mezze Station, Brian Kenny, chief marketing & communications officer of the school, was quoted by Al-Arabiya English as saying Friday.

The controversy over the Israeli food station arose after Lebanese Harvard graduate Sara el-Yafi on October 28 posted to her Facebook page a letter of protest to the university describing the Israeli buffet's menu as an affront to Arabs, as Hummus and Couscous, for example, are not of Israeli origin.

"That 'Israeli Mezze Station' is the ultimate multicultural, multireligious 'f'-you in the face of ALL Arabs at once from North Africa to the Levant," Yafi wrote.

"Israel already has a hard time keeping face in the Arab world for the way it has 'appropriated' its lands since 1948, don't make it worse for them by having them appropriate other peoples' foods as well," she added.

Yafi also pointed out that Halloumi was in fact "Cypriot," and therefore "until Cyprus becomes another conquered Israeli territory, Halloumi is considered NOT Israeli."

She concluded that at the very least the buffet should be renamed "Mediterranean Mezze Station."

In response to Yafi's Facebook protest, which as of Friday had garnered more than 4,500 "likes," the Harvard Business School communications officer Brian Kenny reportedly said that “we are deeply troubled that we offended anybody by doing this buffet item, particularly considering that our reason for doing the international buffet each day is to celebrate cultural diversity.”

“We've been following the comments and the [Facebook] posts," Kenny continued, which have "prompted us to have some extensive conversations here internally...to understand how this happened and to make sure that it doesn't happen again."

Posted on 11/10/2012 10:03 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Whitehall Remembrance with March for England

To Whitehall with my friends of March for England to lay wreaths ahead of Remembrance Sunday tomorrow. In previous years readers may recall a procession with flags and English banners. In view of the current climate this year's commemoration was more private.

My daughter and I started at the Garden of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey where poppies are left in spaces set out for all the services, ships and regiments who have fought in wars since 1914 until the present , many of which are no longer in existence. Some are attached to wooden crosses, others to the Star of David, or a plain cenotaph. The Islamic cresents for Muslim servicemen, of  which there are a few, do not bear a poppy.

The men and women of March for England had prepared three wreaths. The first was laid at the Gurkha memorial in Horse Guards Avenue.

The second was laid at the Women's Memorial in Whitehall.

The final wreath, dedicated to the son of a family known to March for England who was killed in Afghanistan was destined for the Cenotaph. First the ladies of the War Widow's Association were holding their own Service of Remembrance. In the years immediately after WWII the war widows were not permitted to join the main National Service of Remembrance on the Sunday morning nearest the 11th November. Indeed the government seemed to find them a bit of an embarrassment. Due to their campaigning the treatment of the widows of men killed on active service is now improved, but they retain their tradition of the Saturday service, when they lay a cross of white flowers. The ladies and men with the Chaplain and dignitaries processed into Whitehall led by a pipe and drum band formed of both Scots and Irish pipes from several different bands. The hymns were played by an RAF band, some of whom were retirees. Their service was short and moving.

When it had ended and after a decent interval we were allowed up to the Cenotaph where the last wreath was laid by the small daughter of one of MfE's members. We stood in silence for a minute and then dispersed.

March for England have attended the Cenotaph every year since their inception. This year was no exception despite the tribulations attached to our movement and assembly during the last 18 months.

Photographs E Weatherwax and S Sto Helit November 2012.

Posted on 11/10/2012 1:20 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Education Can’t Compete with Yard Signs, Robot Calls and Solicitations

For more than a year and a half before the election, I tried to contact Republican Party officials throughout the state of Florida and across the country to make use of my book The Left is Seldom Right in public events, designed primarily to attract young college students and independents or conservative Democrats. I tried to explain that without education and confronting the many distortions and outright lies about the past, it would be impossible to prevent an avalanche of support for Obama in 2012 from a public that has been subject to decades of intellectual intimidation from the Left in academia, the media, among our writers and film producers through the media of literature and Hollywood films. It would be no exaggeration to say that I struck out with a total lack of interest. Those who ran the campaign that I managed to speak to were only able to react with appeals for money, robot calls, attending a “rally” and putting up yard signs. I literally received dozens of phone calls and hundreds of pieces of mail as the only way for me to take part in the campaign and  to express my support but no response to my suggestions.

When I was able to speak to someone on the phone – a Republican Party “advisor” to the UCF Student Republican club, he informed me that there was no budget for such an event to publicize my book and I was told that my proposal had no interest because I was not a “famous name”. Students in the club informed me that negotiations were underway for a “famous name” like Ann Coulter or other “star” to speak at UCF at a “reduced fee” of $10,000 but alas, she didn’t have time to fit that into her busy schedule.

Education was not and is not on the agenda. Nevertheless, I know it is the key to reversing our fortunes – this is the response I received from a student in Tampa ….

from a student at the University of South Florida…. 

As a student studying politics at the university level, I greatly enjoyed Dr. Berdichevsky's poignant thesis and ideas in his most recent book, "The Left is Seldom Right." I ordered a copy and read through it in only a matter of days. Thanks to its level of research and thought provoking material, this book has been incredibly helpful in cementing many of my own convictions and has given me an ability to counter the far-left lean of my classmates and professors. A former follower of Chomsky and Tariq Ali, this book was one of several that put my Marxist leanings to rest. Perhaps the books greatest feature is its scholarly approach to controversial issues. The author makes his points without drifting into a polemic tone.

In discussions with many students on the UCF campus,  it is crystal clear to me how easy it is to reveal the entire fabric of wrong assumptions that students accept as Gospel and how crucial it is for our future prospects. Among the astounding demographics of the breakdown of the 2012 election results is that Cuban-Americans voted 49-47 FOR Obama! How could such a travesty occur? – clearly the younger generation born in the U.S. with no personal memories of the Castro regime is willing to accept what their professors in class say rather than their own parents!

I immediately refer them to the chapter in my book on Cuba and ask “What was the relationship of the Cuban Communist Party to “Rightwing” dictator Fulgencio Batista.The immediate response is always – even from Cuban-American students is “it must have been total opposition” defying the real facts that the Communist Party was his most loyal ally from 1934 to 1958 and chastised Fidel Castro’s “attempted coup” in 1954 as a typical example of a “Bourgeois Putsch”.  The facts that so called Rightwing dictators such as Juan Peron (Argentina) , Francisco Franco (Spain) , Alfredo Stroessner (Paraguay), Francois Duvalier (Haiti)  all used populist nationalism for some time to drum up hatred of the United States conflicts with the accepted views on campus that it is only Leftwing leaders like Castro or Chavez who have opposed American policies.  

When I ask who was the only important member of the FDR administration to object to the forced incarceration of Japanese-Americans in “relocation camps”, admittedly the worst violation of civil rights in American history, not one student can believe it was J. Edgar Hoover, Chief of the FBI, for them the very incarnation of the “Far Right”. Similarly, every chapter violates their sense of what is “correct” until they are forced to “look it up” in unimpeachable sources and admit their error.

The chapters in my book on European “RIGHTWING” conservative  leaders in Britain, France, Greece, Poland, Denmark, Austria, Bulgaria who led the fight AGAINST the Nazis in World War II or resolutely opposed anti-semitism while their liberal-Left opposition pleaded for appeasement comes as a shock – once again until they discover it is the truth. Even such a basic fact in American history that the One Party South under a Democrat Party monopoly was the base of support for policies of slavery and secession, and then following the conclusion of Reconstruction, of segregation and states’ rights (1876-1964) also comes as a surprise for many.

Ignorance on Israel and the Middle East dwarfs all other foreign policy issues. None of my students were aware that in 1948 it was Soviet and Czech military aid to Israel (including all of Israel’s fighter aircraft) and substantial Jewish immigration from the Soviet satellite counties of Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland and Yugoslavia that helped turn the tide of battle whereas the U.S. State dept. imposed a blockade on any arms shipments to Israel.

Only when confrontation with such real life facts occurs, is their total confidence in the Left-Liberal Professorship shaken to the core. Without a serious plan to reach students and challenge them through an educational campaign instead of robot calls by robots and yard signs and rallies with the same stump speeches repeated a hundred times, can we hope to make progress by 2016.  

Posted on 11/10/2012 12:51 PM by Norman Berdichevsky
Saturday, 10 November 2012
The Demographic Re-Conquest Of Spain

From CBN here.

Posted on 11/10/2012 5:03 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 10 November 2012
French nationalists protest in Paris against radical Islam, allege Muslims won't integrate

From the Edmonton Journal

PARIS - Hundreds of French nationalists have demonstrated in Paris against Islamist extremism, chanting the French anthem and saying the religion has no place in the country.

Protester Romain Cyiril says, "France was always a welcoming country, but for the first time we have to deal with a religion which can't and doesn't want to integrate itself."

The French government has denounced anti-Islam extremists.

Saturday's protest was organized by a nationalist group called the Republican Resistance.

Again I know nothing about Republican Resistance. I have since been informed that the group who occupied the Poitiers Mosque in October have views I find objectionable expressed on their website which was a disappointment.  I hope that Republican Resistance are more imaginative.

Posted on 11/10/2012 5:35 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 10 November 2012
A Musical Interlude: What's The Use? (Chester Gaylord)
Listen here.
Posted on 11/10/2012 11:48 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 10 November 2012
Muslims And The Decline Of Danish Public Schools

Danish public schools facing collapse

Suddenly the real causes are being discussed

With a tax burden of almost 49 percent (all taxes and fees divided by GDP, according to the government's own calculations as of August 2012), Denmark is the world's most heavily taxed country. In recent years, Denmark has competed with Sweden for the top position but has now emerged as the clear winner.

Danes among all the peoples of the world retain the lowest share of their income after being visited by the taxman. And surprisingly, they seem to like the system. In one election after another they have delivered massive votes for Social Democratic and Socialist parties that have advocated even higher taxes, whereas center-right politicians that have urged tax restraint have been exposed to heavy criticism for giving "un-financed tax breaks" for "the rich".   

This ideological consensus is based on the Social Democratic state myth that the objective of all politics is to create the largest possible public sector because the state is our wise friend with our best interests at heart, and surely better placed to spend our money for deserving causes.

For decades, the swelling Danish welfare state has been the pride of the political class and almost all political parties have done their best to expand it.

Now there are indications that this welfare state is in danger of imminent collapse because there is not enough money to pay for it, and because the problems facing it are of a kind that cannot be ameliorated by more money or more public employees.

The writing on the wall became clear to many when the center-left government led by the Social Democratic Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt came into power after last year's election. It was won on a wave of promises of new and expensive government initiatives intended to reverse the welfare cuts, which the former center-right government was accused of having made. But hardly had the new ministers occupied their offices before it became clear that it was financially impossible to keep the promises. The new government was accused of a breach of trust, two of its constituent parties – the Social Democrats and the Socialist People's Party – have nose-dived in the polls, and Danish politics is now in deep crisis. If elections were held today, the current government would be swept away.

The situation in the Socialist People's Party is so serious that a rebellion among its members has forced Party Chairman Villy Søvndal to resign while two of the party's government ministers have just been replaced.

However, the political crisis cannot be solved by changing the leadership. In reality it is so deep that even an entirely new government would be unable to solve it unless it were prepared to slaughter a number of Danish politics' most sacred cows and follow a course that has been anathema for decades.

This is best seen if one takes a look at conditions in the public schools, which can be characterized as the Danish society's most essential institution. It was in the public schools that almost all Danish children – regardless of social class or political, religious and cultural background – were introduced to the country's basic values and the skills necessary for leading happy and productive lives.

The public schools might be described as the glue that kept the entire social fabric together. Now the public school system is falling apart. There are huge problems with discipline; children – and in particular children from immigrant families – are not learning enough (it is estimated that 40 percent of children of Arabic descent leave school as functionally illiterate). As a result more and more parents are taking their children out of the public schools and sending them to private schools, where discipline is better – particularly because there are fewer so-called "double-linguistic" pupils. "Double-linguistic" is the official term for children of third-world descent, i.e. primarily from Muslim countries. The term does not imply that they can speak two languages but most often that they speak, e.g., Arabic and Danish equally badly, so perhaps "double half-linguistic" would be a better description.

It came as a shock in the middle of October to learn that half of the families living in the inner Copenhagen neighborhood of Nørrebro are sending their children to private schools. This is especially noteworthy in light of the fact that Nørrebro is one of the reddest areas in the country, where voters routinely cast massive votes for left and far-left parties, i.e. the very parties that are particularly keen on more immigration and on upholding the public school system.

A few days later, Danes received a lesson in the kind of problems that motivate the reds to send their children to schools that they are ideologically disposed to reject.

The bomb went off at the Ejerslykke School in the city of Odense. The school's principal, Birgitte Sonsby, had become so annoyed with the way some of the pupils behaved that she exclaimed: "I'm so damned tired of you Muslims who ruin the lessons." The father of one of pupils reported the principal to the police for racism and, as is customary in such cases, Ms. Sonsby had to withdraw her remarks and offer an apology. She was subsequently chewed out by Odense's Director of Public Schools.

This would normally have re-established an idyllic political correctness, but something quite surprising happened: The Chairman of the Ejerslykke School Board, Peter Julius Jørgensen, wrote an op-ed for the newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende, in which he called attention to the kind of problems with "double-linguistic" pupils that the school had to contend with. They didn't shy away from calling their teachers "fucking whores" and showed so little respect that it made teaching impossible.

To his surprise, Peter Julius Jørgensen received many positive reactions from fellow citizens, who were happy that he had dared to speak up.

The reaction in some of the media was also unexpected. Instead of the usual diatribes about terrible Danish racism and admonitions that the schools' problems had nothing to do with religion or culture, a number of newspapers began writing articles with a new angle. Yes, perhaps the problems were indeed linked to religion – more precisely, to Islam.

On October 27, the mass-circulation daily Jyllands-Posten printed a remarkable editorial: Ms Sonsby's tirade against the ill-behaved Muslims was "rather mild compared to what the principal, her teachers and the school's other pupils have been exposed to. A group of Muslim pupils have exposed them to far worse language and gestures of a latrinal and sexual nature. They have been accused of racism and discrimination when they have dared admonish the pupils to behave. But when they have offended the tender feelings of Muslims, and it certainly doesn't take a lot, then attention is directed not at the naughty and ill-behaved brats but at the principal, who is suddenly made to appear the sinner."

“The problem,” Jyllands-Posten continued, “is not the principal but the ill-mannered children, who are not properly brought up by their parents but rather supported in their destructive behavior."

And why, asked the paper's editorial writer, may we not "call Muslims Muslims when they themselves put so much emphasis on this identity"?

The day before, the editorial writer for the daily Kristeligt Dagblad called for unqualified support for Principal Sonsby. To be sure, the paper thought it too "simplistic" to blame the pupils' bad behavior on their religion. Even so, the editorial writer admitted that there was a "real problem", which had not been openly discussed: "The fact that some double-linguistic pupils ruin the education for others and that their lack of respect has something to do with their religious and cultural background."

Despite some reservations, these statements amount to a revolution in a country where the only accepted explanation for the bad manners of the "double-linguistic" has so far been poor social conditions. In other words: If extra billions were pumped into the public schools and parents of naughty boys were given more money, the problems would disappear.

If, on the other hand, the public school system's collapse is entirely or in part caused by religion and culture and the fact that Muslim parents cannot or will bring up their children to become integrated into Danish society, what could possibly be accomplished with more money?

Can Muslims be bribed to integrate into a Western society? So far it hasn't happened anywhere.

This sheds a new political light on the entire problem: By what right do Danish politicians allow further immigration of Muslims, knowing that the public school system – the institution that more than any other has made Denmark a caring and cohesive society – cannot integrate them?

So far nobody has asked that question.

Posted on 11/10/2012 11:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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