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These are all the Blogs posted on Friday, 10, 2006.
Friday, 10 February 2006
Law enforcement in Britain

Posted on 02/10/2006 3:59 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 10 February 2006
Meaningless fights
Jackie Mason in "The Spectator" (subscription required) reflects on why Jews don''t kill over cartoons: 

I never saw a Jew going into meaningless fights. That is why you seldom see Jewish football players. A Jew is not going to take a chance in spraining his neck or tearing a ligament in his knee just because he was fighting with somebody about catching a ball. He would rather go to a store and buy another ball and avoid the whole problem. That is why there are also no Jewish hockey players. Hockey players spend all their time hitting each other in the mouth with sticks. When Jews saw how Gentiles played hockey, that is how Jews found out that instead of becoming hockey players they would become dentists, and that way they decided to let other people play the game while they found a way to make a profit from it...

Did you ever hear anybody say, ‘Don’t go into that neighbourhood, it is very dangerous, there are a lot of Jews there’?

Posted on 02/10/2006 4:20 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 10 February 2006
Rumours exaggerated
Here's a strange story from The Telegraph:

A woman was yesterday celebrating the end of a seven-year battle to be removed from Spain's register of deaths after officials insisted she died in 1992.

María Antonia Calvo, 43, from Malaga, had a double reason to celebrate as a court's decision to declare her alive now paves the way for her to marry her fiancé, Antonio Guzmán.

Previously, bureaucrats had refused to allow the wedding to go ahead as her entry in the Civil Register clearly showed that she had been dead for 14 years.

The Kafkaesque nightmare may have been originally triggered by foul play, possibly connected to an inheritance dispute, she said.

"They have resuscitated me, they have rescued me from the darkness, and I no longer have to sleep in a coffin," she said, thanking officials for resurrecting her.

"Now my little son is not an orphan in the eyes of the law."

Mr Guzman said he had been the subject of mockery with friends telling him he was "marrying a corpse".

I wonder why it took them seven years, and why, if they didn't believe her at first - perhaps she's very pale or something - they came round in the end. I also wonder if the reverse case has ever happened, and officials have insisted that someone is still alive long after they are dead. Presumably if a widow or widower re-married, they could be prosecuted for bigamy.

I'm glad we don't yet have ID cards in Britain. I can just imagine some New Labour jobsworth insisting that you were dead because it says so on the computer. Then again, you could smack him in the mouth and get away with it, as presumably the dead cannot be prosecuted.

Posted on 02/10/2006 4:47 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 10 February 2006
Coming soon to a fleapit near you! (Hopefully not)

 There I was reading the obituary to Akira Ifukube, who composed the music to the Godzilla films and who has just died at the age of 91 when out of the corner of my eye I spotted this.  It sounds like a pleasant afternoon of family entertainment.  It seems to be a big hit in Turkey but I doubt it will do Billy Zane's career much good.  I think I will enjoy King Kong v Godzilla more.

From the BBC website entertainment section

It is rabidly anti-American, and it is the biggest draw in town.

With a budget of $10m (£5.7m), Valley of the Wolves Iraq is the most expensive film ever made in Turkey - and it is pulling record crowds.

At one of Istanbul's biggest multiplex cinemas the blockbuster is showing on five separate screens and nearly all the seats are sold out. It's the same story across the country.

"I'm back to see it for the second time already," says one student, waiting impatiently outside Screen 10.

"It is anti-American, but we already know what they've done in Iraq. That's the reality. Now we can see it on screen." Billy Zane and Gary Busey

The movie opens with a real-life incident: the arrest in July 2003 of Turkish special forces in Sulaymaniyah, Northern Iraq.

The soldiers were led out of their headquarters at gunpoint, with hoods over their heads. America later apologised, but it appears the offense ran deep.

At the time Turkey took the incident as national humiliation. In this film the fictional hero sets out for revenge.

From then on, the action pits good Turks against very bad Americans in a mix of fact and fiction with a deeply nationalistic flavour.

Valley of the Wolves poster
The film is proving to be a sensation at the box office

In one scene, trigger-happy US troops massacre civilians at a wedding party.

In another they firebomb a mosque during evening prayer. There are multiple summary executions.

And for the first time, the real-life abuses by American soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison, are played out on the big screen.

Even the doctor - played by Gary Busey - is evil, removing human organs from Iraqi prisoners to send to patients in the US, Israel and Britain.

"Our film's a sort of political action," explains script-writer Bahadir Ozdener at the production company's stylish office on the Asian side of Istanbul.

"Maybe 60 or 70% of what happens on screen is factually true. Turkey and America are allies but Turkey wants to say something to its friend. We want to say the bitter truth. We want to say that this is wrong."

In a mainly Muslim country that has enjoyed a long strategic partnership with the US, Valley of the Wolves has sparked intense interest.

The US ambassador to Ankara was quizzed for his reaction to the film on a major news channel; even Turkey's foreign minister has felt moved to comment on it. Both were anxious to appear conciliatory.

Valley of the Wolves scene
The film is unashamedly anti-American

But the film clearly capitalises on a wave of anti-American feeling that peaked with the Sulaymaniyah controversy, but began to swell with preparation for the invasion of Iraq.

There's more

Posted on 02/10/2006 5:20 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 10 February 2006
National Review Dhimmis

The National Review editors have evidently joined Tom Friedman and others in a call to nominate the Ayatollah Sistani for a Nobel Peace Prize.  The ignorance of this is beyond astounding at this late date, when a quick gander at the man's website (yes, Sistani has a website), he explains how non-Muslims are unclean, on par with things like urine, pigs and feces, which leads Robert Spencer to wonder aloud: "If Sistani won the Nobel, would he deign to accept the prize from the unclean hands of an unbeliever?"

Hugh Fitzgerald has his take on the matter here.

Posted on 02/10/2006 3:23 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 10 February 2006
Protest pictures

Check out the photo display of recent cartoon protests over at Jawa Report.

Posted on 02/10/2006 6:32 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 10 February 2006
Fitzgerald: Three Cheers for European Colonialism

NER's Hugh Fitzgerald writes at Jihad Watch, ending with:

Arab Muslims suffered far less from European colonialism than did any other people in the soi-disant Third World -- far less than those in sub-Saharan Africa, in Central and South America, and in Asia. Indeed, it might be argued, and has been by many non-Arab ex-Muslims such as Anwar Shaikh (in his "Islam: The Arab Imperialism") that the most successful imperialism or colonialism of all time, has been that of the Arabs, who used Islam as a vehicle for arabization, especially of the cultural and linguistic kind: the taking of Arab names and false Arab lineages, using 7th century Arab customs as a model for all time, being required to read one's holy books in Arabic, and so on. That is what the Berbers are keenly aware of, and the Kurds, and the black African Muslims in Darfur.

It was the Arabs from Arabia who settled themselves in, and laid down the law to, every non-Arab and non-Muslim people they conquered. Even so, it took quite a while to become a majority in these lands. In Egypt, for example, the Christian Copts, the original Egyptians, were still a majority in the first part of the 13th century. But then a campaign of persecution, murder, and forcible conversion began, and within a short period they were reduced from more than 50% of the population to about 10% -- their proportion today.

Let us discuss the thousand years, and more, of Arab "colonialism" in the Sudan, in the Kabyle, in the East Indies (look at what happened to the Hindus and the Buddhists who once made up the population of that vast archipelago), in Persia. Let us compare that to the almost complete absence of "colonialism" in the classic sense, anywhere that Europeans ruled over Arabs and Muslims -- save for the one exception of Algeria.

And that was, in comparison to what preceded it, or what came after, a lucid interval of Western civilization.

Posted on 02/10/2006 9:33 AM by Rebecca Bynum

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