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These are all the Blogs posted on Wednesday, 13, 2008.
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Anti-semites Lose in Colorado and Connecticut Primaries

In both Colorado and Connecticut, one a Republican State House Seat race in Denver and the other, a Democratic US Congressional House seat primary in the nutmeg state Fourth C.D., anti-Semites Rima Barakat Sinclair and L. Lee Whitnum were consigned to the dust bin of political history. Good riddance.

The good news from the Mile High City came in this Denver Post Politics West Post by Ross Kaminsky, “Congratulations to the Winners”.

    Congratulations to Joshua Sharf, whose Gang of Four spot I took when he decided to run for office. With 80% in, Joshua is leading by 70% to 30%, defeating the anti-Semitic Rima Barakat soundly as she so richly deserved.

Kol hakavod to Josh Sharf and all of his Colorado House GOP primary supporters. A fitting culmination to a bizarre campaign that pitted Islamist terrorist and pro-Palestinian supporter Barakat-Sinclair against Orthodox Jew and pro-Israel supporter and ‘real conservative’ Sharf.

We are still waiting, but not with baited breath, for Barakat-Sinclair’s capitulation press release. That should be a noisy denunciation of the Jewish media cabal arrayed against her in the largely Jewish and Democratic Colorado House District Six seat that she caterwauled about in interviews with Jordanian newspapers that we posted a report on, yesterday.

Meanwhile back east, anti-Semitic Ms. L.Lee Whitnum lost resoundingly in the Democratic primary for the US House seat in the Connecticut Fourth Congressional District. Her opponent from tony Greenwich, Connecticut, Jim Himes, a former banker and community housing foundation director, swamped Whitnum, 92 to 8% with 80% of the vote reporting. Whitnum had run a petition campaign forcing a primary vote, akin to what Sharf did to enter the Colorado State House seat race. Sharf won, Whitnum lost. Whitnum, as Bill Levinson had posted yesterday, had railed against “the Jewish Lobby”, said that 9/11 was caused by the Arab Israeli conflict and that the US should have left Afghanistan to the Taliban. She hopefully will not surface in the political scene in the nutmeg state.

Himes goes up against moderate Republican Chris Shays who has served 20 years in this important Connecticut congressional seat. Both candidates are good friends of Israel, although Shays has a long history of Congressional support for the Jewish state. His Democratic opponent Himes intends to make a major issue in his upcoming campaing of Shays support of the Iraq war. But that may be mooted by the successful ’surge’ strategy of CENTCOMM Commander General Petreaus and the likely conclusion of a Security Agreement between the US and Iraq supporting a possible early departure schedule for US troops. Should US Senator John McCain be elected President in November,but , the Democrats retake a solid majority in both the US House and Senate, we would not be terribly surprised if Independent Connecticut Senator Lieberman ends up with a possible McCain Cabinet post and Connecticut’s Republican Governor M. Jody Rell appoints Shay to fill the vacated Senate position. But we’ll see how that plays out.

Meanwhile, we, and many others, are happy to see these rabidly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel GOP and Democratic candidates swept aside on these State and Congressional primaries.

Posted on 08/13/2008 6:28 AM by Jerry Gordon
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Rev. Wright, The Mad Monk

Like Rasputin, he refuses to die and chooses the worst possible moment (for Obama) to stage a comeback. Why? John Heilemann writes in New York magazine (with thanks to Alan):

In October, Obama’s former pastor, Wright, will publish a new book and hit the road to promote it, an occasion that might well place the topic of Obama’s blackness (along with his patriotism and his candor about what he heard in the pews in all those years at Trinity Church) squarely at the center of the national debate.

UPDATE: Wright's daughter says it's not true.

Posted on 08/13/2008 6:41 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Kevin Myers describes Somalia thus:

[A] fine land of violent, Kalashnikov-toting, khat-chewing, girl-circumcising, permanently tumescent layabouts.

His article makes uncomfortable reading, but I can't help but agree with much of it. Two comments are telling, one from the author:

There is, no doubt a good argument why we should prolong this predatory and dysfunctional economic, social and sexual system; but I do not know what it is.

And one from a reader at Pub Philosopher, where I found this story:

In the "West", we have had generations to gradually adapt our cultural response to the impact of improving sanitation and medicine, and have adjusted our birth rates accordingly. In the Third World, the change has come too quickly and they are still following the original human behaviour of dropping a dozen sprogs in the hope that a couple will survive to maturity.

What applies to African countries certainly applies to the "Palestinians" who are not even poor by any rational standards. If I hear another "Palestinian" father of twelve bleat about his tiny two-roomed apartment I will get seriously cross.

Islam's primitivism would, in the normal course of things, mean that Muslims ceased to be a serious threat. But there's oil, isn't there?

Posted on 08/13/2008 7:25 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
War on popcorn

Recently somebody was heating up popcorn in the office microwave. He left it unattended on the wrong setting. There are worse smells than burnt popcorn, but not many in the average office. As with other bad smells, they are avoided by breathing through your mouth, but you somehow find yourself sniffing out of gruesome fascination.

Apart from that one occasion, my relations with popcorn have been cordial or neutral. I hardly ever eat it except at the cinema, and I don't go to the cinema very often because there are hardly any good films, and the theatre is better. But whatever my feelings about a substance or activity, I get popping mad at the idea of banning it. From The Times:

Will no one speak up for popcorn? The almost imperceptibly warm snack that has, since time immemorial, stood astride the cinema-going experience finds itself under vicious attack at the moment - for its smell, for its messiness, for its (almost entirely absent) nutritional value, for its basic vulgarity.

Yet of all the things you will ever eat out of a cardboard bucket in the dark, popcorn is surely the prince. True, the smell of it, lightly sweating in its glass tank, is pervasive, and you probably wouldn't call to see it made available as a body spray in aerosol form. But is it not also massively evocative? (See also the smell of fried meat outside football grounds.)


Yet Picturehouse, whch runs the country's largest chain of arthouse cinemas, is proposing if not an outright ban then at least introducing popcorn-free screenings. That way, surely, lies an unhelpfully divisive, two-culture system - popcorn movies (by inference American, and likely to feature Adam Sandler) and non-popcorn movies (by inference, sub-titled). Imagine the social embarrassment of trying to take popcorn into a non-popcorn screening - perhaps even of being frisked for popcorn and made to empty your proletarian tub at the door. In any case, the arthouse buffs probably don't want to hear it, but the film has yet to be made that is too serious to warrant at least a small-sized tub of sweet.

We say, let the corn continue to pop unregulated. What do these objectors suggest we do? Bring sandwiches? There is, of course, a “not eating at all while watching the film” option, but that would just be crazy.

Mind you, as Shirley Bassey once nearly sang, I don't pop my corn for every man I see:


Posted on 08/13/2008 9:19 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Greetings from Historic Norwich

Norwich Market

Having a lovely time.

See you again soon.  



Posted on 08/13/2008 9:31 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Three women aid workers shot dead in Afghanistan

From The Telegraph

Three Western women working for an international aid agency and their Afghan driver have been shot dead near Kabul.
The women, who were said by police to be from Canada, Ireland and the United States and worked for the International Rescue Committee, were ambushed by gunmen 30 miles south of the Afghan capital. An Afghan driver with the group was also killed.
A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the killings, which follows a gradual encirclement of the capital by insurgents as they seek to cut off roads and place a stranglehold on Kabul.
The group was driving to Kabul in a two-vehicle convoy when they came under attack near the town of Pul-i-Alam. Ghulam Mustafa, the chief of police in the province of Logar, said that it appeared that the attackers had broken the windows of the vehicle and then shot the occupants at close range, suggesting the cars had been stopped at a roadblock.
There were signs of about 10 bullets on the vehicle but more bullets on the body of the victims. They were hit by dozens of bullets," he said.
A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahed, said men from his militia had ambushed a two-vehicle convoy in Logar that was transporting "military personnel, most of them female. We killed several of them ... they were all military," he said.


Posted on 08/13/2008 9:45 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Clooney and Obama: Clueless Together

Good thing that pro-Palestinian Hollywoodian actor and producer George Clooney is 'advising' presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Hussein Obama on 'foreign policy'. 

Anyone producing a movie on the the US Navy lawyer who defended Bin Laden's driver Salim Hamdan in the GITMO tribunals must cast Tom Cruise in that engrossing role.  After Clooney does that, perhaps he'll produce a political  'thriller' on BHO's loss in November spotlighting his role in fostering it. Following, that would be a docudrama on the FreeGaza boatlift rocking in Anchor in Crete before crossing towards the 'blockaded' port of Gaza.  Yes, Clooney and Obama are cluless, together. From the Washington Times:

The London Daily Mail reports that Hollywood actor George Clooney communicates with Barack Obama almost every day by phone or e-mail, and is advising the Democratic presidential candidate on Mideast policy and on honing his image.
The newspaper cited unnamed "Democratic Party insiders" and anonymous friends of Mr. Clooney.
The newspaper quoted one party insider as saying, "George has been giving him advice on things such as presentation, public speaking and body language and he also e-mails him constantly about policy, especially the Middle East. George is pushing him to be more 'balanced' on issues such as U.S. relations with Israel. George is pro-Palestinian. And he is also urging Barack to withdraw unconditionally from Iraq if he wins."
The source said they "text and e-mail each other almost every day and speak on the phone at least a couple of times a week, often more."
Mr. Clooney last week announced that he is making a movie about the lawyer who defended Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Hamdan, on terrorism charges.
Posted on 08/13/2008 10:05 AM by Jerry Gordon
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Megamosque cover up

It's gone a little quiet on the megamosque front. Given the amount of work that needs doing to the site, I doubt very much whether the proposed mosque will be finished by 2012. It has barely been started, and, contrary to their promises, the Islamic sect behind it are keeping their plans under wraps. From Christian Today:

Newham councillor Alan Craig last night accused Tablighi Jamaat, the controversial Islamic sect behind plans for a giant mosque near the site of the 2012 Olympics, of breaking its promises about keeping local people informed.

He called on them to "immediately come clean with their plans".

Tablighi Jamaat says that the mosque will include a 12,000-capacity prayer hall, a conference centre and an Islamic school as well as a library, an Islamic garden and living quarters.

Cllr Craig criticised the group for not being more transparent with the details of its proposals for the mosque, saying that enquiries to its public relations advisers, Indigo Public Affairs, had "regularly drawn a blank".

He also criticised the group for failing to meet their promise of a "Work in Progress" open day this summer.

"Tablighi Jamaat pledged an Open Day event during the summer at which we would view the work, see an exhibition and meet their architects and consultants," said Cllr Craig who is leader of the Christian Peoples Alliance group on Newham Council. "It is now almost the end of summer with the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan just two weeks away, yet there is still no sign of the event."

He continued: "In March they indicated to local residents and media their serious intent to press ahead with their mosque but refused to answer questions or give details," said Alan Craig. "So five months later worried locals are left with the threat of this huge mosque hanging over their heads yet still are given no information."

Tablighi Jamaat has also come under fire from moderate Muslims. Dr Taj Hargey, of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford, accused the group of espousing a virulent intolerant form of Islam that will "generate social friction rather than community cohesion", whilst Dr Irfan al-Alawi, of the Centre for Islamic Pluralism, accused the group of being linked to terrorist activities in Pakistan and Britain.

"Tablighi Jamaat is a secretive global missionary sect from South Asia that wants to build its international headquarters mosque here in London," said Cllr Craig. "Yet they will not enter into discussions or explanation of their plans.

"This silence is not golden. It represents yet another false claim and broken promise by Tablighi Jamaat."

Perhaps the money's dried up. Here's hoping.

Posted on 08/13/2008 10:03 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Muslim Writers awards deny censorship of 'unpalatable' novel

Well they would, wouldn't they? Islam allows freedom of expression. Except when there's an error.  From The Guardian with thanks to Esmerelda and Alan:

The Muslim Writers awards has described claims that it censored an unpublished novel because of its controversial content as "rubbish". A spokesman said the novel, which features a child-abusing mosque teacher and the rape of a Muslim girl, had dropped out of the judging process in error.

Dr Max Malik, who won the top prize at the awards last year, claims that his novel The Butterfly Hunter was not submitted to the prize's panel of independent judges for final adjudication because of its "unpalatable" subject matter. The Butterfly Hunter, which had been shortlisted by first-round volunteer judges, tells the story of a white female journalist who joins a suicide bombing cell. The story also touches on drug abuse, paedophilia and a gay imam using rent boys and prostitutes.

But awards coordinator Irfan Akram described allegations of censorship as "rubbish". He said that Malik's book was the subject of a double page spread in the awards' magazine, sent out to 10,000 people, and that Malik was also given stage time on the night of the awards. "We are trying to nurture new talent," he said. "We don't worry about the subject matter, we worry about the writing."

In the book, Malik describes the actions of the abusive mosque teacher. "That day Hamza had been wearing the traditional Pakistani dress. The red splashes staining the back of his white salwar were like a disease, an accusatory and threatening contagion. The spreading pollution defiling the purity of the white traditional baggy clothes his friend had worn. Jimmy washed silently the pain growing inside him as Hamza washed his face with cold water and put his small white hat with the gold embroidery back on his head. The two boys did not speak. But Jimmy had looked into Hamza's wet eyes and words became superfluous." Later, he writes: "Jessica pushed her golden-yellow hair away from her face and fixed him with her blue eyes, she blurted the rest of the words that had been eating her brain like an invasive fungus, the thoughts that had been chewing her body like an alien growing within. 'And I'm a suicide bomber!'"


Malik's is the second novel this week to provoke comparisons to Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, following Random House US's decision to drop Sherry Jones's debut novel The Jewel of Medina. Academics and security experts approached by the publisher suggested the novel, which retells the story of Muhammad's child bride Aisha, could provoke worse reprisals than Rushdie's novel or the Danish cartoons of Muhammad.

Posted on 08/13/2008 10:17 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Pronounced Norrich, I presume, and not Nor-Which, as in Norwich, Vermont, home of Dan & Whit's, and onetime residence -- top of Elm Street, just after Hopson Road, right on your left  -- of Claire Douglas Salinger, quondam wife to J.D., or Norwich (but, non-Americans please note, not Greenwich which is pronounced in the English fashion) Connecticut, a state where Uncle Wiggily has been known, from a different source in Salinger, to roam.

And that is why I  am sure that you meant, with an interpolated e aigu, to accompany your holiday snap (americanice, vacation photo)  with assurances of love and squalor. 

Posted on 08/13/2008 11:52 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
A Musical Interlude: There's Nothing Too Good For My Baby (Eddie Cantor)
Posted on 08/13/2008 12:14 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Al-Zawahiri: The Islamic Case Against Musharraf

MEMRI: On August 10, 2008, Al-Qaeda second-in-command Ayman Al-Zawahiri released an audio recording consisting of accusations against Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. In the recording, which was distributed by the Al-Qaeda media company Al-Sahab and aired by Pakistan's independent television network ARY One World, Al-Zawahiri spoke in English, exclusively addressing a Pakistani audience.

Al-Zawahiri told his audience of his early years as a doctor in Pakistan, noting that he had gone there for the first time in 1980 to provide medical treatment to the mujahideen fighting the Soviets in Afghanistan. He said that he had spent six years in Pakistan but that later, due to U.S. pressure, the government had forced him to leave.

Discussing his earliest connections with Pakistan, Al-Zawahiri said that he had read the poetry of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the Islamist poet considered to be one of Pakistan's ideological founders. He added that his grandfather, Abd Al-Wahab Azzam, had translated a collection of Iqbal's poems, Diwan-e-Iqbal, into Arabic. Roznama Express:(1)

Following is a summary of the main points of Al-Zawahiri's recording, as published by the Urdu-language daily

Musharraf Stabbed the Mujahideen in Kashmir with a Dagger

In the tape, Al-Zawahiri accused President Musharraf of endangering Pakistan's national security by taking power. He said that it was because of Musharraf's wrong policies that drug dealers and pro-India and pro-Russia people were in power in Afghanistan today. Also as a result of those policies, he said, India today had access to Tajikistan's air bases, and its influence in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region had grown.

Musharraf Accepted Israel's Existence on Palestinian Territory

Al-Zawahiri said that Musharraf's proposed solution to the Kashmir issue was akin to giving up Kashmir to the Indians, that Musharraf had stabbed the mujahideen in Kashmir with a dagger, and that the "jihad in Kashmir" should be freed from the control of Pakistan's intelligence agencies. He said that for all practical purposes, Musharraf had accepted Israel's existence on Palestinian territory, as well as allowing U.S. intelligence agencies to operate freely within Pakistan and to establish secret detention centers in the country. He also said that Pakistani politics were dictated by the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan.

Musharraf Endangered Pakistan's Nuclear Program

According to Al-Zawahiri, Musharraf had endangered Pakistan's nuclear program, and had made a scapegoat of nuclear scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan to please the U.S. Also, he said, Pakistani politicians were creating instability in a nation capable of atomic power in order to endear themselves to the U.S.

The People Of Pakistan Must Rise Up To Wage Jihad

Al-Zawahiri accused the Pakistani Army of arresting Al-Qaeda commander Abu Al-Faraj Al-Libi, and pointed out that the army was fighting an American war in the tribal districts on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border which was resulting only in losses for the Pakistanis.

He concluded by criticizing Pakistan's religious parties for their "silence" over the July 2007 military operation in Islamabad's Red Mosque, and urged the people of Pakistan to rise up to wage jihad.

Posted on 08/13/2008 1:11 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Horrid spelling pronunciation

There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead
When she was good
She was very very good
When she was bad, she was ...
Very good too, in a different way

Posted on 08/13/2008 1:15 PM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
A Brave Young Man

Fox News: Mosab Hassan Yousef is an extraordinary young man with an extraordinary story. He was born the son of one of the most influential leaders of the militant Hamas organization in the West Bank and grew up in a strict Islamic family.

Now, at 30 years old, he attends an evangelical Christian church, Barabbas Road in San Diego, Calif. He renounced his Muslim faith, left his family behind in Ramallah and is seeking asylum in the United States

JONATHAN HUNT: Why, after 25 years, did you change?

MOSAB HASSAN YOUSEF: I believe that all those walls that Islam built for the last 1,400 years are not existing (sic) anymore. They don't recognize this. They built those walls and made people ignorant because they're afraid. They didn't want people to discuss anything about the reality of Islam, about the big questions of Islam and they asked their followers, the Muslims, 'Don't ask about those certain questions.'

But now, people have media. If the father closes the door for his daughter not to leave the house, she's going to go behind her computer and travel the world. So people easily can get information, knowledge, searching (sic) engines, so it's very, very available for everybody to study about Islam, about other religions. Not from the Islam point of view, but from other points of view.

So for the next 25 years this is for sure going to make huge change in the Muslim and the Arab world.

JONATHAN HUNT: You speak from a unique perspective, a man who grew up not just in an Islamic family but as part of an organization seen by many people around the world as an extreme force in Islam: Hamas. What is the reality of Islam? You say people don't see the reality; What is the reality of Islam?

MOSAB HASSAN YOUSEF: There are two facts that Muslims don't understand ... I'd say about more than 95 percent of Muslims don't understand their own religion. It came with a much stronger language than the language that they speak so they don't understand it ... they rely only on religious people to get their knowledge about this religion.

Second, they don't understand anything about other religions. Christian communities live between Muslims and they're minority and they (would) rather not to go speak out and tell people about Jesus because it's dangerous for them.

So, all their ideas about other religions on earth are from Islamic perspectives. So those two realities, most people don't understand.

If people, if Muslims, start to understand their religion — first of all, their religion — and see how awful stuff is in there, they'll start to figure out, this can't (be) ... because most religious people focus on certain points of Islam. They have many points that they are very embarrassed to talk about.


JONATHAN HUNT: You talk about the good Muslims, like your father, yet you still now renounce the faith of your father. Could you have not been a good Muslim?

MOSAB HASSAN YOUSEF: Now, here's the reality: after I studied Christianity — which I had a big misunderstanding about, because I studied about Christianity from Islam, which is, there is nothing true about Christianity when you study it from Islam, and that was the only source.

When I studied the Bible carefully verse by verse, I made sure that that was the book of God, the word of God for sure, so I started to see things in a different way, which was difficult for me, to say Islam is wrong.

Islam is my father. I grew up for (one) father — 22 years for that father — and another father came to me and told me, 'I'm sorry, I'm your father.' And I was like, 'What are you talking about? Like, I have my own father, and it's Islam!' And the father of Christianity told me, 'No, I'm your father. I was in jail, and this (Islam) is not your father.'

So basically this is what happened. It's not easy to believe this (Islam) is not your father anymore. So I had to study Islam again from a different point of view to figure out all the mistakes, the huge mistakes and its effects, not only on Muslims — (of) which I hated the values ... I didn't like all those traditions that make people's lives more difficult — but its effects also on humanity. On humanity! People killing each other (in) the name of God.

So definitely I started to figure out the problem is Islam, not the Muslims and those people — I can't hate them because God loved them from the beginning. And God doesn't create junk. God created good people that he loved, but they're sick, they have the wrong idea. I don't hate those people anymore but I feel very sorry for them and the only way for them to be changed (is) by knowing the word of God and the real way to him....

the rest is here.

Posted on 08/13/2008 2:30 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Myrick Bill To Cut Federal Funds For Colleges Admitting Illegals

Press Release: U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick announced today a bill that targets federal funds at colleges and universities knowingly admitting illegal immigrants.

Myrick, Republican with a passion for immigration issues, said she would introduce the bill in September, when Congress reconvenes. She said lawyers were still working out the details, but the bill should be released to the public within two weeks.

But the congresswoman said the bill would not deal with student loans. Instead it would focus on grants and federal dollars that go specifically to the schools.

“We can’t just wink at (the problem) and pretend it doesn’t exist,” Myrick said. “Illegal is illegal.”

This issue became controversial in May, when the state’s community colleges banned illegal immigrants from degree programs. At the time, officials said they wanted guidance from federal immigration experts.

Last month the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it was up to individual states. No federal law banned the practice, they concluded.

The State Board of Community Colleges meets Friday to discuss the current ban. Officials have said there are 112 illegal immigrants among the 297,000 students seeking degrees in community colleges across the state.

Myrick said it was time for some clarity.

“The law may not be clear on the issue, but I believe federal dollars should not be going to educate illegal immigrants,” she said.

Posted on 08/13/2008 3:32 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Immigration and Global Warming

As I argued here, everyone concerned about the environment will have to deal with immigration and its effects on our land eventually.

CIS: WASHINGTON (August 13, 2008) — The findings of a new study indicate that future levels of immigration will have a significant impact on efforts to reduce global CO2 emissions. Immigration to the United States significantly increases world-wide CO2 emissions because it transfers population from lower-polluting parts of the world to the United States, which is a higher-polluting country.

The report, entitled “Immigration to the United States and World-Wide Greenhouse Gas Emissions,” is available at and a video regarding the report is available at

Among the findings:

• The estimated CO2 emissions of the average immigrant (legal or illegal) in the United States are 18 percent less than those of the average native-born American.

• However, immigrants in the United States produce an estimated four times more CO2 in the United States as they would have in their countries of origin.

• U.S. immigrants produce an estimated 637 million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually – equal to Great Britain and Sweden combined.

• The estimated 637 million tons of CO2 U.S. immigrants produce annually is 482 million tons more than they would have produced had they remained in their home countries.

• If the 482-million-ton increase in global CO2 emissions caused by immigration to the United States were a separate country, it would rank 10th in the world in emissions.

• The impact of immigration to the United States on global emissions is equal to approximately 5 percent of the increase in annual world-wide CO2 emissions since 1980.

• Of the CO2 emissions caused by immigrants, 83 percent are estimated to come from legal immigrants and 17 percent from illegal immigrants.

• Legal immigrants have a much larger impact because they are more numerous than illegal immigrants and because they have higher incomes, and thus higher emissions.

• The above figures do not include the impact of children born to immigrants in the United States. If they were included, the impact would be much higher.

• Assuming no change in U.S. immigration policy, 30 million new legal and illegal immigrants are expected to settle in the United States in the next 20 years.

• In recent years, increases in U.S. CO2 emissions have been driven entirely by population increases, as per capita emissions have stabilized.

Discussion: Some may be tempted to see this analysis as “blaming immigrants” for what are really America’s failures. It is certainly reasonable to argue that Americans could do more to reduce per capita emissions. And it is certainly not our intention to imply that immigrants are particularly responsible for global warming. As we report in this study, the average immigrant produces somewhat less CO2 than the average native-born American. But to simply dismiss the large role that continuing high levels of immigration play in increasing U.S. (and thus worldwide) CO2 emissions is not only intellectually dishonest, it is also counterproductive. One must acknowledge a problem before a solution can be found.

One can still argue for high levels of immigration for any number of other reasons. However, one cannot make the argument for high immigration without at least understanding what it means for global efforts to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. Some involved in the global-warming issue have recognized immigration’s importance. For instance, chief U.S. climate negotiator and special representative for the United States, Harlan Watson, has acknowledged that high immigration to the United States is thwarting efforts to reduce the nation’s emissions. “It’s simple arithmetic,” said Watson. “If you look at mid-century, Europe will be at 1990 levels of population while ours will be nearing 60 percent above 1990 levels. So population does matter.” This research confirms Watson’s observation.

Posted on 08/13/2008 3:40 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Preserved for posterior

From this entry (oooh, missus) entitled Sufism, Sodomy and Satan:

So, it's sodomy and the lash, but no rum. (Mary Jackson)

Perhaps I should have entitled the essay, "Rumi, Sodomy and the Lash." (Spengler)

As Shirley Bassey nearly sang: Hey Big Spengler, spengle a little time with me:

Arguably raising the tone, although some might argue otherwise, John M. J. observes:

How on earth could anybody but a parent love (in a parental way) a juvenile human which is, in reality, nothing more than an noisy organic machine the primary purpose of which is to empty larders, refrigerators, bread bins and other food storage areas faster than they can be re-filled. The machine's secondary purpose, as far as I can see, is to randomly scatter all the objects in a house whilst looking for some perfectly incomprehensible and noisy vinyl, audio cassette, CD or DVD. The tertiary purpose of the machine is obvious to all those, like me, who have kept a few and that is to gather many other such machines together in ones house in order to help with the primary and secondary activities.

We were all machines once. But I never found that toy caravan that was supposed to go on my matchbox car, and I got smacked for messing the house up looking for it.. Simon nicked it. You know who you are - give it back, you bastard.

Posted on 08/13/2008 4:23 PM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
A Musical Interlude: What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Billie Holiday)
Posted on 08/13/2008 6:43 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Al-Zawahiri, His Great-Uncle Azzam Pasha, And Poet Mohammad Iqbal

Al-Zawahiri mentions his grandfather, Abd al-Wahab Azzam, who translated Mohammed Iqbal into Arabic.

Two things.

The first is that this puts one in mind of Abd al-Wahab Azzam's brother (Al-Zawahiri comes from a prominent Egyptian family), who was the first Secretary of the Arab Leage, from 1945 (when pro-Arab Anthony Eden pushed the idea) to 1952. It was this man, known honorifically as Azzam Pasha who famously predicted that the coming war of the Arabs on the nascent state of Israel would be horrific: "[t]his will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades."

The second is that Mohammad Iqbal, who died in 1937, and whose poetry Al-Zawahiri claims to read (a revelation designed to make him more acceptable to the Pakistanis), died ten years before the coming into being of Pakistan. Iqbal, poet, philosopher, all-round Great Man of Universal Pakistani Thought, is still regarded as the Great Man of Pakistan (well, not quite as great, anymore, as A. Q. Khan, but still great). He was, like so many of the famous figures in Islam, just a generation or two removed from a non-Muslim milieu (many of the handful of major figures in what we think of as High Islamic Civilization were only a generation or two away from being Christian or Jewish or Zoroastrian). Iqbal's Hindu grandfather, who worked for the powerful Afghan governor, Azim Khan, was caught embezzling large sums, and presented with a choice: to be killed or to convert to Islam. Naturally he converted to Islam. So many, offered that choice, did the same over the centuries, and not only in the subcontinent. You would. I would.

That's a little more then, about the family backgrounds of both Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and of Mohammad Iqbal, the poet whom he, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, claims to like so much.


Posted on 08/13/2008 8:21 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 13 August 2008
Anti-Islam Demonstration In Denmark

Sermitsiaq: The anti-Islamic organisation SIAD will demonstrate in Århus' Gellerup Park against Muslims' treatment of Greenlanders.

Anti-Islamic organisation Stop Islamisation of Denmark (SIAD) will hold a demonstration 23 August in protest of the harassment Greenlanders in Århus' Gellerup Park council estate have received from young Muslims there.

'We won't stand for Greenlanders are being forced out of Gellerup Park,' wrote SIAD's Michael Mikkelsen. 'I'm an ethnic Dane who grew up in a Greenlandic neighbourhood in Aalborg and know many Greenlanders.'

SIAD has called on other anti-racist groups to join in the demonstration against what they call 'ethnic cleansing' of the council estate.

Greenlanders living at Gellerup Park have been both verbally and physically assaulted by some young Muslim residents of the complex. Århus city council has offered to move the Greenlanders, an offer some have taken.

The demonstration will take place at noon at Århus city hall square.

Posted on 08/13/2008 9:15 PM by Rebecca Bynum

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