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These are all the Blogs posted on Saturday, 11, 2007.
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Grooming of white girls for sex is exposed as two Asian men jailed
The Times speaks of something which has been causing concern for sometime. I take issue with use of the phrase “Asians” which covers people from the entire sub continent of India (an old fashioned geographical definition but one I think is very accurate). Hindus, Sikhs and Christians detest being lumped in with Muslims under that name. My Chinese and Cambodian friends are resigned to the definition that their heritage may be from the continent of Asia, but that in the world of race relations they are not Asian.
A hidden world in which Asian men “groom” young white girls for sex has been exposed with the jailing yesterday of two men for child-abuse offences.
Zulfqar Hussain, 46, and Qaiser Naveed, 32, (the names indicate their allegiance) from east Lancashire, were each jailed for five years and eight months after exploiting two girls aged under 16 by plying them with alcohol and drugs before having sex with them.
Both men pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court to abduction, sexual activity with a child and the supply of a controlled drug.
Yesterday Judge Andrew Gilbart, QC, jailed the two Asian men under new sex laws designed to protect youngsters from being groomed for sexual activity. Judge Gilbart said: “This is a truly shocking offence. You knew them. They were exploited for sex by the two of you. No other description is possible. They were under-age girls who you knew it was your responsibility to protect and not exploit.”
The trial came amid growing concern at the attitudes of some Asian men towards white girls which campaigners for women claim few people wish to address.
Parents have complained that in parts of the country with large Asian communities white girls as young as 12 are being targeted for sex by older Asian men yet the authorities are unwilling to act because of fears of being labelled racist.
Ann Cryer, (a woman I admire, from an admirable family) a Labour member of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, has been at the forefront of attempting to tackle the problem after receiving complaints from mothers in her constituency about young Asian men targeting their under-age daughters.
Although campaigners claim that hundreds of young girls are already being passed around men within the Asian community for sex, she said that attempts to raise the problem with community leaders had met with little success, with most of them being in a state of denial about it.
After the trial, Ms Cryer said that young Asian men were caught between two cultures having been brought up in a Western society in families while retaining the cultural values of the Asian sub-continent.
She said: “The family and cultural norms of their community means they are expected to marry a first cousin or other relative back in a village in Mirapur or wherever the family comes from. Therefore, until that marriage is arranged they look out for sex.   At the point in their lives when they are ready for this sort of activity, Asians cannot go to Asian girls because it would be a terrible breach of the honour of the community and their family to have sex with an Asian girl before marriage.”
She said that the reason Asian men targeted very young white girls was because older white girls knew that a relationship with an Asian youth was unlikely to last as the community would seek an arranged marriage with someone from the Asian sub- continent. There is another reason; to a culture that idolises a man whose favourite wife was aged 9, a girl of 12 is quite old. Police and groups campaigning to protect women insisted that the grooming of youngsters is not segregated along race lines, though there is concern at the attitudes of some young Asian men towards white girls.
Parents claim that criminal networks are able to prey on young girls because the authorities are reluctant to tackle the issue for fear of upsetting race relations in areas of the North West with large ethnic minority communities.
However, Ms Cryer added: “I think there is a problem with the view Asian men generally have about white women. Their view about white women is generally fairly low. They do not seem to understand that there are white girls as moral and as good as Asian girls.”
Mrs Cryer has also been condemned as racist for her efforts to prevent forced marriage.
Posted on 08/11/2007 12:40 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 11 August 2007
A nation of shoplifters

Theodore Dalrymple writes in The Spectator:

Henceforth, shoplifters who steal less than £200 worth of goods will be summarily fined £80, just as if they had parked on double yellow lines, and their crime not recorded anywhere.

So the message of the government to the shoplifters of Britain is enrichissez-vous.

As it happens, I was looking over the crime statistics in the Home Office’s Research Publication No. 217 the other day, which investigated the costs of crime to the country for the year 2000. At the bottom of every column was the total, save for the column indicating the number of crimes: the figure was so appalling, more than 60,000,000 per year, that is to say more than five times the figure usually given for general public consumption, that it was deemed better to conceal it by omission, in the full knowledge that journalists would never do the addition themselves.

Half the 60,000,000 crimes were shop-lifting: confirming my old dictum that, pace Napoleon, the English are a nation of shoplifters. But by removing shoplifting from the realm of crime altogether, the crime rate has been halved at a stroke.

Of course, I quite understand the predicament of the government: it wants to appeal simultaneously to the readers of the Guardian and of the Daily Mail. It appeals to the latter by having created a new criminal offence every working day for the last ten years, and to the former by letting criminals, poor abused lambs that they are, make a profit....

Would things now improve with a change of government? I fear not: for the corruption has entered our very souls. That means that the old Romanian peasant adage now applies in Britain as in the Balkans: a change of rulers is the joy of fools.

Posted on 08/11/2007 6:01 AM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 11 August 2007
... and "JIHAD'YA LATER," headlines, respectively, in the NY Post's report that Dhabah "Debbie" Almontaser "abruptly" quit her job as principal of the new Arabic-language public school in Brooklyn and of the Post's editorial on same. Good news, great headlines.
Posted on 08/11/2007 6:02 AM by Robert Bove
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Back on track

First Post, with thanks to Alan, continues this train of thought:

Click on the picture above for five more stunning railway stations. (I refuse to call even the American ones train stations.)

There is one breathtaking omission: Penrith.

Posted on 08/11/2007 6:07 AM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Britain sold down the river

I loathe the EU and all its works. The EU Constitution, which would extend its draconian powers still further, is being forced on the UK by subterfuge. Blair promised the British people a referendum on the Constitution. Knowing that this would result in a resounding No vote, he, and his successor Brown, are trying to renege on their promise by pretending that the EU Treaty is something different. It is not. Historian Andrew Roberts warns what it could lead to (h/t Alan):

As they sat on the concrete benches in the forbidding "special" unit of Paddington Green police station, the five Englishmen considered the charges against them and how they had got there.  

They were being treated little better than terrorists - but perhaps that's how they were genuinely perceived by the Belgian and Greek police who had arrested them.  

Certainly, the European arrest warrant had all been in perfect legal order.  

Signed by the European Public Prosecutor in Brussels and correctly dated August 12, 2020, it named the five citizens of the EU's English region and accused them of contravening the 2012 Weights and Measures Directive No. 531/85.

It was, perhaps, unnecessary for the armed response unit of Europol's Special Branch to have smashed down their doors at 3am to arrest them, but that was pretty much standard practice with anyone who was suspected of committing crimes "likely to be prejudicial to the good-standing of the Union".

The leader of the band of men, Neil Herron, sat alongside Hackney trader John Dove, Cornish greengrocer Julian Harman and Camelford fishmonger Colin Hunt.  

They had been dubbed the 'Metric Martyrs' - but that was before Euro Press Directive No. 732/96 come into force.  

They had all, of course, already fallen foul of Euro-law ever since they and their late friend, the Sunderland greengrocer Steve Thoburn, had tried to sell produce in pounds and ounces as well as in metric measures.  

They were also propagandists for those old imperial measurements, the yard, foot, mile and pint, and had long been a thorn in the flesh of the Brussels bureaucracy.  

As they sat in their fearsome cell in Paddington, the five talked about the way the world had changed over the past 13 years since 2007, especially the way that political, legal and economic powers once thought to reside in Britain had somehow tended to accrete towards institutions in Brussels; inexorably, irrevocably, almost by osmosis.

Terrifying as Roberts' predictions are, he leaves out two important aspects. First, if the UK has no control over immigration, far more Muslims will come into this country. If, in the name of "human rights", we can't deport terrorists, or even speak out against Islam, we will have no defence against Islamisation. Secondly, Britain has a culture of relative honesty in public life, quite unlike, say, France, Spain or Italy. This means that we will obey and enforce laws which those countries brazenly flout, whether on "human rights" or taxation. Britain will suffer more than less scrupulous nations from the EU.

We should never have joined, and should pull out of the ghastly monstrosity right now.

Posted on 08/11/2007 7:06 AM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 11 August 2007
"Islamist vocational school" to remain open

Though its principal has resigned under fire (and will continue to draw a taxpayer funded salary), Brooklyn's Khalil Gibran International Academy public school will open in September.

More at Stop the Madrassa:

Unfortunately, the removal of such a principal from this school less than a month before it opens is not sufficient. Serious questions about her handiwork - her choices with respect to KGIA’s curriculum, its textbooks, its teachers, the “retired Arabic-speaking community members” the Post reported that she wanted to bring in to “converse with the students during lunch periods,” etc. - remain to be satisfactorily addressed.

As Pam Hall, a spokeswoman for the Stop the Madrassa Community Coalition, said upon learning of the Almontaser resignation:

“Dhabah Almontaser’s resignation is an implicit admission of what we at the Coalition have maintained all along: Her ideological agenda of using taxpayer-financing to promote Islamism disqualified her from having anything to do with a public school. Under present circumstances, however, the only way the so-called Khalil Gibran International Academy could open this September would be to rely upon Ms. Almontaser’s appalling and reprehensible decisions, her judgments and, yes, her political agenda. So this school must not open.”

Examples of that agenda are contained in the “Executive Summary” Ms. Almontaser produced to describe her program for KGIA, which was made public in response to a Freedom of Information Law request filed by the Coalition member John Matthies of the Middle East Forum’s Islamist Watch. As two members of the Coalition, William Mayer and Beila Rabinowitz, note in a critical analysis of the Summary posted on their blog,

“Charges leveled against KGIA by these writers - that it will in essence function as a madrassa, a center for indoctrination not education - are proven by the school’s own executive summary, a document recently released under threat of a lawsuit by the Stop The Madrassa Coalition. The summary is actually a manual for creating an Islamist vocational school, one in which every activity is planned around creating social activists with an Arab supremacist mindset, in the mold of KGIA’s activist/principal Dhabah Almontaser.”

Posted on 08/11/2007 7:22 AM by Robert Bove
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Common language division alert

Blimey. American English is even barmier than I thought.

In my post here, I ask whether you can get a decent pint in America. The answer is definitely not, if this online British-American dictionary is accurate:

pint n. The standard UK measure of beer - apparently equivalent to 0.568 litres in new money. It is possible to buy a half-pint instead but doing so will marr you for life in the eyes of your peers. Drinking half-pints of beer is generally seen as the liquid equivalent of painting your fingernails and mincing. However, it's not quite as bad as drinking American pints of beer. Whilst pretending that a pint really is a pint, Americans managed to get away with putting 16 fluid ounces in theirs while ours contain 20. My source tells me that the issue is compounded further by the fact that an American fluid ounce is also 4% smaller than ours. Ah, but that's never the end of the story, is it. Yet another contributor tells me that the reason American pints are different sizes is actually our fault. Prior to American independence a British king (not sure which one) elected to raise tax on beer but upon discovering that he needed an act of parliament to change the tax, he instead changed the size of the pint (which only required a royal edict).

There are lots of other useful words in this dictionary. For example:

pillock n. Idiot. You could almost decide having read this dictionary that any unknown British word is most likely to mean "idiot". And you could almost be right. We have so many because different ones sound better in different sentences. On the subject of the word in hand, I am told by a contributor that it's a contraction of the 16th century word "pillicock" (describing the male member) and by another (who admits to not being completely sure) that this may be a male animal with one lone testicle and derived from "bullock". It's funny, even if it's not true...  

ponce n. 1. A man who is pretentious in an effeminite manner. Ponces (quite often referred to using the phrase perfume ponce) tend to grown their hair quite long and talk loudly into their mobile phone while sitting at the traffic lights in their convertible Porsche. Describing a place as "poncy" would imply that these sorts of punters made up the bulk of its clientele. 2. To scrounge - i.e. "can I ponce a cigarette off you?". I'm told that the word originally meant living off the earnings of prostitution.

bloody expl. Damn, another tricky word to define. Bloody is another great British multi-purpose swear word. Most well known as part of the phrase "Bloody hell!" which could best be described as an exclamation of surprise, shock or anger. Bloody can also be used in the middle of sentences for emphasis in a similar way to the ubiquitious f--- word ("And then he had the cheek to call me a bloody liar!") or even with particular audacity in the middle of words ("Who does she think she is, Cinde-bloody-rella?"). I am reliably informed by a contributor that bloody is in fact nothing to do with blood and actually a contraction of the phrase "by Our Lady". Sometimes I wonder whether it's worth putting in all these useful linguistic derivations when in actual fact you only got here because you were wondering what a poof was.

Posted on 08/11/2007 7:51 AM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Not 'Asian'

As Esmerelda points out in this post about "Asian" men grooming young white girls for sex, the term "Asian" is misleading. These are Muslims, and as Hugh comments, regard infidel women as theirs by right.

I thought it worth drawing attention to some comments made by Pali, a British Indian, who is presumably Hindu or Sikh. (Pali, if you're reading this, please let me know.) Pali rightly takes exception to the euphemism "Asian":

I feel sick in the pit of my stomach reading this story.

But I want to thank Esmerelda for pointing out that it was Muslims, and not Hindus and Sikhs doing this. WHy do they refer to the men as 'Asian'? This is disgraceful --- why can't they say it's Muslim Pakistanis and not Hindus or Sikhs or Buddhists? Why do they have to slander all of us? People are going to look at me as a British Indian and think I have something to do with these scum now.

By the way, wherever Indians live side-by-side with Pakistanis in Britain, they will tell you that Muslim men go out of their way to act like this with Hindu and Sikh girls, to act predatory and treat them as if they have a divine right to sleep with 'kaffir' women and treat them like prostitutes. Nobody understands this and they still use the term 'Asians'

Anne Cryer says that 'Asian' men marry their first cousins from the subcontinent. Only Pakistani Muslims do this. To Hindus and Sikhs, marrying your first cousin is akin to incest. We treat our first cousins as our brothers and sisters.  We have a special ceremony every summer, in which we tie a string around our cousin sisters wrist, to signify that they are our sisters.

Such a thing is repulsive, and yet we get tarred with the same brush as them because they use the term 'Asian'. This is so disgusting and unfair. 

Every British Indian knows the attitude of Pakistani Muslims towards non Muslim women. On internet message boards, in classrooms, colleges, Universities, on the street, overheard in shops, is a repetitive truth, where Pakistanis are taught by their parents that Hindu and Sikh women are sluts and loose who are not to be emulated. And Muslim men will say it blatantly, that Sikh and Hindu girls are to be used and the discarded, to be picked up at bhangra nightclubs, or at colleges, using sweet talk, because they are loose. Because they are educated and have careers, they are characterised as sluts. Luckily most Indian girls are from stable family backgrounds and not vulnerable like these white girls in care, and so the massive kind of predatory activity cannot reach them. But the attitude of the Muslims towards 'kaffir' women stinks. So imagine how much it hurts when they are described as 'Asian' men, and as an 'Asian' problem, when Hindu and Sikh and Christian 'Asian' girls are considered in the same way that white girls are? Can you understand how frustrating this is for us? I wish more English people and journalists in the media were like Esmerelda, knowledgable and sensitive to the issues.

These comments make some good points. Islam treats all infidel women as booty, not just white women.

Incidentally, some think that the BNP, with its whites-only agenda,  is the answer to the problem of Islam in the UK. I hope that any readers misguided enough to think this will take note of these comments by Pali. Islam is not a race. The UK does not have a problem with Hindus or Sikhs. And the BNP, as I have said before, is definitely not the answer.

Posted on 08/11/2007 8:28 AM by Mary Jackson
Saturday, 11 August 2007
New Al Qaeda threat of radioactive truck attacks naming New York, Los Angeles, Miami
From Debkafile (thanks to Jeffrey Imm):

The threat was picked up by DEBKAfile’s monitors from a rush of electronic chatter on al Qaeda sites Thursday, Aug. 8.

The al Qaeda communications accuse the Americans of the grave error of failing to take seriously the videotape released by the American al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gaddahn last week. "They will soon realize their mistake when American cities are hit by quality operations," said one message.

Another said the attacks would be carried out "by means of trucks loaded with radio-active material against America's biggest city and financial nerve center."

A third message mentioned New York, Los Angeles and Miami as targets. It drew the answer: "The attack, with Allah's help, will cause an economic meltdown, many dead, and a financial crisis on a scale that compels the United States to pull its military forces out of many parts of the world, including Iraq, for lack of any other way of cutting down costs."

There is also a message which speaks obliquely of the approaching attacks easing the heavy pressure America exerts on countries like Japan, Cuba and Venezuela.

DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources and monitors say there is no way of gauging for sure how serious these threats are, how real, or whether they are part of a war of nerves to give the Gaddahn tape extra mileage. But it is important to note that the exchange of messages took place over al Qaeda’s internal Internet sites and that they contained the threat of radioactive terror and specific American cities for the first time after a long silence on these subjects.

In addition, a growing number of clips has been disseminated of late over al Qaeda sites instructing the faithful how to design remote-controlled gliders, pack them with explosives and launch them against predetermined targets.

More from ABC News: NEW YORK -- Vehicle checkpoints and other counterterrorism precautions are continuing in New York City Saturday morning. They're a response to what authorities are calling unsubstantiated online threats about a truck packed with radioactive material.

Police have been stopping cars and inspecting trucks in lower Manhattan and various other places around the city. They said they're also deploying extra radiological sensors on street, water and air patrols...

Posted on 08/11/2007 8:59 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Does The 200 Pounds Include VAT?

Was it not just a few years ago that the punishment of fare-beaters in the subways, and graffiti picassos on the sidewalks, of New York, was part of a degree zero policy of tolerance of infractions deemed petty, which policy was believed would force new behaviors, a new presentation of selves in everyday life, that would in turn lead to a drop in the incidence of major crimes, and that that is exactly what happened? And did not William Bratton end up in old Londinium, working for the mayor-cum-shampoo RedKen, and wasn't he supposed to work the same magic that he worked for Giuliani? Or was it some other American?

In any case, it seems to me only sporting, under the circumstances, for shops to post a list of all items that retail for under 200 pounds, so that shoplifters need not waste time going round and round the store looking for items that will just slip under the maximum?

Oh, and is the total cumulative, or can one, say, nick that 199 pound item (say, two jars of caviar to feed one's starving children at home, taken by an upscale Jean Valjean) at Harrod's, and then at Harvey Nichols take a shahtoosh scarf which would normally retail for 800 pounds but this week only happens to be on sale, for those who wish to buy, and on offer, for those who wish to pocket (my, those hairs of the chiru are eminently squishable and fit right into even the smallest pocket, on the tightest jeans), at a mere 199 pounds. 

Would it be the take in a morning? For the week? If you promise to take only 199 pounds worth of stuff from any one store, during your lifetime, could you come to some arrangement with the management of that store, possibly negotiating so that, for a flat fee -- say 100 pounds -- you would promise not to steal the 199 pounds worth of merchandise which you are entitled to get away with, thus freeing the store of paying those expensive security guards, and cutting out the damn middleman -- that meddling state that thinks it has a right to fine you 80 pounds when the only damage you have done is to this or that shop-owner, and you, the shoplifter, and he, the shop-owner, are perfectly capable of coming to some mutually satisfactory agreement among yourselves, without that goddam nanny state we hear so much about.

Indeed, why have the criminal law at all? It's just too damned expensive. Why not allow private covenants, privately arranged at, just as in Saudi Arabia, where if you kill someone, you can then pay off the family and get off scot-free?

Isn't this called wergild? And so isn't England merely returning to its old and hallowed folkways, before such things as the "state's monopoly on violence," and silly old scholars such as Kantorowicz, with his "The Criminal in the Arms of the Law"  came along to complicate matters?

Back to the wergild and those woad-painted days of yesteryear, with that holmgang at the Battle of Maldon, and the wayfarer on the sea-road, and Grendel lurking in Grendel's Den.

Posted on 08/11/2007 9:31 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Le Jeu des Pairs

Instead of pointing out the different kind of connections that one can guess must be going on in the head of the compiler of such a list who links, for example, Boris Vian with Frank O’Sullivan, or still less obviously, Maud Bodkin with Helen Waddell, which is the main point of the game, Mary Jackson offers, in her last reply to “The Game of Doubles,” a set of two names:

“Here's an entry-level double: Anna Marly and Christie Malry.

This comes with what Christie would call a transposition error, but what most of us would call metathesis.”

Now both Anna Marly and Christie Malry have been mentioned before, but separately, at this website . That’s a point in favor of their being linked for the game-of-doubles purposes. But other than that, the real Anna Marly (La Betoulinskaya, who lived in Meudon and died in Alaska) and Christie Malry, a fictional creation of B. S. Johnson, would not appear to have any links other than those of the letters that metathetically come close, as parfums concocted in Grasse are more than metathetically linked to profumi then sold in Grosseto.

However, when this morning I first saw the coupling by MJ of “Anna Marly and Christie Marly” it electrified me, for I realized at once that there is still another game one can play, based on the doubles I have already given a sampling of, in what I call The Game of Doubles. In the original game, you must make an informed guess as to the connective mental tissue inside the brain of the compiler, that caused him to link the two names (in the case of the preferred “Malry” and “Malry” limited to sounds and letters). Or, still better, you will find the connections more complicated, in which case you must attempt to perform the same mental leaps as the original compiler of the list, to figure out why he went from that rock to that rock to that rock. And you must do this, dushen’ka, backwards and in high heels.

That game requires you to arrive at, or rather derive from, two names, still a third name, a name that you would think of precisely because you have been prompted to do so by the two names linked in front of you. In the case of the pair, one among many, that one must list in order to play the Game of Doubles, there should be one and only one name to which that pair usefully gives birth. Not every pair will do so. But “Anna Marly and Christie Malry do.”

I will put this up, but as I must leave because otherwise I will become a white rabbit, or possibly a varying hare, late for a very important date, I can only wait for a half-hour. If no one comes up with the right and complete answer by then, I will post it here myself.  


Posted on 08/11/2007 11:06 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Scott Adams

Yesterday I noted the kerfuffle over Scott Adams (the "Dilbert" creator) and his July 24 blog post about Mexicans. While declining to join the Dilbert boycott on the grounds that I don't much care what cartoonists think about politics, I added, in reference to Scott's post: "Still, as a specimen of upper-middle-class white liberal self-loathing, I'll agree it's a doozy."

Several readers emailed in to chide me for not having spotted that Scott was writing satirically. I read Scott's post again, and it didn't LOOK satirical. I got into exchanges with some of these readers. Scott himself posted a note to the effect that, yes, he was going for satire:

"Unlike many of the readers directed to this blog from racist web sites, Mexicans understand satire. If you do not understand satire, I recommend less challenging forms of entertainment."

Now, as readers reminded me, satire is a tricky thing to get right.

More than any other kind of writing, it depends on some acquaintance between writer and reader—you need to be familiar, to some degree, with the guy whose prose you are evaluating. If I were a regular reader of Scott's blog, his fans tell me, I would have known he was just kidding around.

Well: (A) The only way for me to decide the matter one way or the other would be to acquaint myself with Scott's style by reading through a few dozen of his past blog posts. Alas, I don't have time to do that. (B) I should be more sensitive to this than most, having, in my early blogging days, put up satirical posts that were taken as serious by the nation's huge cohort of humorless dorks—in one memorable case, attaining brief fame as the guy who had called for the massacre of the entire Clinton clan.

So I think that I should give Scott the benefit of the doubt, offer him an apology, and promise that, if he is ever in the vicinity of Huntington, Long Island, I'll stand him a meal at Tutto Pazzo's, the best Italian food on the North Shore.

Posted on 08/11/2007 12:59 PM by John Derbyshire
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Our very special friends in cyberspace

MEMRI has produced a graphic list of linked terrorist Web sites based in the U.S.A. (including screen shots) here.

PJ Media tweaks the MEMRI list to include sites found in the U.S. and other Western nations here.

[Note: There is no truth to rumor that CAIR is researching Quaker Web sites based in Muslimania.]

Posted on 08/11/2007 3:02 PM by Robert Bove
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Ale named after new Olympics event?

This strong 9% ABV sipping ale holds up well, meaning it gains flavor and retains head as it approaches room temperature. Only those with heroic livers and personal attendants and/or pages should guzzle this stuff.

I grilled lamb burgers garnished with Uncle Roy's Moffat Chuckle last night—and served up imperial pints of KT with which to wash them down. Delightful.

Heavy food and brew for an August night in Brooklyn Heights, you say? Not when the mercury dropped to 58° F as it did here yestereve. Perfect.

Posted on 08/11/2007 3:34 PM by Robert Bove
Saturday, 11 August 2007
P.G. Wodehouse

"I found the whole thing more silly than obnoxious—in the same category as P.G. Wodehouse's much-condemned WW2 radio broadcasts from Germany. " - John Derbyshire

So those radio broadcasts were merely "silly" or at worst merely "obnoxious" and in any case, should be of no concern to us as long as the humorist sticks to his last, unto his last?

Nonsense. Of all events, World War II was a time of testing. Not everyone had to join the Resistance. But no one had to broadcast come se niente fossi, as if the mixture as before were quite as appetizing. Wodehouse was tested, too, and found wanting. His later pose -- what me worry? -- the pose of the hopelessly innocent naif, convinced few who lived through that period, and while not nearly as sinister as the pose of the arch-villain Pound (see the just indignation of the psychiatrist E. J. Torrey, in his study of Pound's fakery at St. Elizabeth's) it should not be simply forgiven or forgotten because the adventures of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster are found funny by many. As for Wodehouse's behavior during World War II, it should bring out the agelast in all of us. 

Posted on 08/11/2007 7:12 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Muslim Attitudes

"The trial came amid growing concern at the attitudes of some Asian men towards white girls which campaigners for women claim few people wish to address. " from the article linked below

No mention of Islam? Isn't the main point here not the "culture" (sensu lato) of "south Asia" but rather Islam itself, which goes unmentioned, though the hint is everywhere in the air? In Islam, Infidels are fair game. The point is not that "white girls" are easy, but that they are Infidels, and easy or hard to get, it is licit, it is in fact admirable, for Muslim men to take advantage in every way of the Infidels. There have been sermons preached in mosques in Europe about why taking things -- that is, stealing -- from the Infidels is licit, as a means of informally imposing the"jizyah" that, as yet, when Muslims do not yet dominate, cannot be imposed from above. 

Why should any Muslim care if other Muslims do whatever they will with those seen not as individuals but as "their" (Infidel) women, and "their" property, part of the booty that, by all that is holy and right by those who follow the Path of Allah, fi sabih Allah, available to Muslims. Make those girls shake their booty, before you take that booty. It all belongs to you.

And why do other Muslims not speak out? Why should they? On what grounds would they morally object to Muslims taking advantage, whenever and wherever they can, to Infidels, and to their "loose slutty womens" (as one Muslim commentator at Jihad Watch likes to call them)? The only grounds for objection is that it calls attention, it harms "the image of Islam," and therefore, too early, arouses the anger and attention of Infidels. And we don't want them aroused, we don't want them to turn their attention too closely to Islam, its texts, its tenets, its attitudes, its atmospherics. Some of them might actually begin to reason through the whole matter. Some of them might see beyond the traditional fare - thin gruel indeed -- of the philo-Islamic Defenders of the Faith found in the BBC and The Guardian and other parts of the English, as of the European and world, media. Many, though not all, are prompted not so much by love of Islam, as by a reflexive antisemitism and anti-Americanism that causes them to pooh-pooh the matter of Islam, just as in England in the 1930s, those infected with antisemitism had a hard time awakening to the menace of "Mr. Hitler."

This sexual attack is not only a matter of individual Muslims, but of a general Muslim attitude that is rooted in, comes naturally out of, the texts and tenets of Islam. That needs to be understood. It needs to be publicized -- not least by those who are  non-Muslim "Asians" and have been made to suffer by the idiotic attempt to refrain from identifying Muslims as Muslims.

Posted on 08/11/2007 7:19 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Today's Quiz

Lenin famously arrived from Germany just in time for the Revolution, both his train and the ancien regime halting with his notorious arrival at Finnskij Vokzal. "Finnskij" we get. But why is "vokzal" the Russian word for "train station"?

Extra related credit: Why in Paris does one not, pour la detente, drop into the petit chnell du quartier but rather, into the bistrot? Respondents are actively encouraged to believe in folk etymology; who wouldn't, after all, prefer to believe that "Welsh rarebit" really is a version of "Welsh rabbit"?

Posted on 08/11/2007 7:28 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Scoop Fran├žais

While others were surprised by Nicolas Sarkozy's choice of Winnipesaukee for his vacation, when he might have chosen, like Blair, to vacation in Sardinia with Berlusconi or with the French equivalent of Cliff Richard in Barbados (Johnny Hallyday on the Isle de Re), visitors to this site were not surprised at all. .They had been alerted by that painting of Winnepesaukee that was put up here for the month of June, a clear hint that 1) Sarkozy would win and 2) he would choose to vacation on that very lake.

A comment was even put up about Winnepesaukee to make sure no one overlooked the subject of the painting: .

"Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Lake Winnipesaukee

I just noticed that the typographical error that had marred the identification of the  painting by Thomas Cole that was put up on the wall of this website a few days ago (replacing his "Desolation") has now been silently corrected. The Indian name is now correctly given as Lake Winnipiseogee, and Americans will have no trouble piercing the veil of that toponym to discover behind it the name by which it now goes, in American English -- Winnipesaukee.

This correction should come as a relief to many people who were trying to figure out whether or not "Winnispeogee" could possibly be, might it be, was it in fact, "Lake Winnipesaukee"? It relieves me. It should  come as a pleasant surprise to the Convention and Visitors Bureau of New Hampshire, and to the members of the various local chamber of commerces in the circumjacent towns, with their shared lacustrine link. It might even please the ghost of John Hay, the former Private Secretary to President Abraham Lincoln (the John Hay of "Nicolay and Hay"), who had an estate overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee, which estate used to be pointed out to tourists taking the steamer round the lake, the guide not forced to endure the dismal task of  pointing out mansions in sunny Malibu, or  well-palmed hideaways in sunnier Miami, owned by famous Latin American singers or senators for life, making sure they had a fee-simple or freehold foothold in these United States, because you never know.  

Winnipiseogee. Winnipesaukee. Now we're cooking with gas."

Of course I was wrong about the estate of John Hay overlooking Winnepesaukee. It overlooks, rather, Lake Sunapee. But in the grand scheme of covering such exciting matters as where our rulers spend their holidays, and indeed of possibly influencing their choices (Jean-David Levitte is not the only French ambassador who starts his day by visiting this site, and it was he who first suggested to Sarkozy that a Winnepesaukee vacation would make all kinds of practical and symbolic sense, an idea he possibly picked up from the painting), does such a mistake in placing Hay, or indeed Nicolay, really matter?  

Posted on 08/11/2007 9:48 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald

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