I am old enough to have experienced coporal punishment in English state schools in the late 50s, into the 60s. It was approved of then and was perfectly normal. The modern arguments against any coporal punishment in school or the home are for another place. But anybody who went to school during that period, who may be thinking on the lines of, 'I was smacked at school, it never did me any harm, it might do today's youngsters some good' is not comparing like with like. This is random violence, meted out by teachers and older boys onto the smaller, for no obvious reason. We are later told by a victim that she was hit if she was overheard reciting the Koran with incorrect pronounciation. Kicks, punches, blows to the head and blows with the floor lecturn which felled the boy to the floor do not compare with the tap on the wrist outlawed from my childhood.
Channel Four has an annoying habit of repeating what has gone before after every commercial break, just in case we forgot. if time is tight just one of these sections will give you a flavour of what was filmed. Then ask yourself what planet this MP is on. From, as one would expect, The Guardian.
John Hemming, the Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley, criticised the documentary: "If Channel 4 thinks this is a school where racism and intolerance is accepted in any way, they have got their facts seriously wrong. [The school] have already had hate mail, and now they are having to close for the safety of their pupils. This kind of documentary is ideal fodder for the [far-right] English Defence League. Channel 4 is putting the safety of children at risk by criticising a school which is doing its job properly."
Planet Taqiyya, Planet Zog or Planet Baksheesh do you think?
Many of today's unruly teenagers could do with a clip round the ear. As Esmerelda points out, it is not so long ago that corporal punishment was common in British schools, and of course some teachers abused this right. But corporal punishment is not the same as bullying, and it is bullying that was demonstrated in last night's Dispatches documentary about a Muslim school.
Bullying started with the teacher, who lashed out at random - with blows, kicks and even throwing a bench at one poor child. The same teacher, and his assistant, turned a blind eye when older boys beat up children half their size.
This bullying took up the second half of the documentary. The first half showed scenes of teachers and Imams spewing hatred and contempt for all non-Muslims, and for Muslims with "less than a fistful of beard" - less like Mohammed, in other words - who were "even worse than Jews". Such hate-preaching was similar to that recorded in Undercover Mosque, but perhaps more shocking being directed at children.
No direct connection was drawn between the hatred preached in the first half and the violence shown in the second, but perhaps it should have been. Islam is a religion of bullying. Mohammed was a bully. Power and strength is all, and is exercised arbitrarily, whether by a teacher kicking his pupils, by a husband hitting his "disobedient" wife, or by Allah himself.
Dr Taj Hargey, founder of the Muslim Education Centre in Oxford and a thoughtful man, was pressed into the service of "balance". And for sure, in his school, mixed sex classes are taught that violence is wrong and that non-Muslims are to be respected. But this "balance" was misleading; Dr Hargey is an exception, and finds himself "balancing" too many documentaries in which the true Islam is exposed. What's more, he has less than a fistful of beard.
Today on the local National Public Radio station, I heard a reporter refer to the "elephant in the room". She was referring to the size of the Social Security and Medicare programs in the increasingly imbalanced federal budget. But of course, that reporter was avoiding the elephant in the room, the death of the elderly in nursing homes.
So how big is this room, anyways? And how many elephants are hiding here, in plain sight? If we cannot see the elephant in the room, it's probably because our vision is obscured by the herd of elephants in the room blocking the way.
Since the French Revolution in 1789, revolutions have shown common features that are directly relevant to what is happening in Egypt right now. Since the final outcome in Egypt after Mubarak's ouster -- a new regime -- may be weeks, even months or years, away, it is worth pausing to take the long view.
In general, the initial reformist phase of such revolutions focusing on individual rights and opportunity is swept aside by radicals who want an egalitarian and collectivist political order. Thus, liberal reformers like Lafayette and Mirabeau inspired by the American Revolution with its emphasis on individual liberty were followed by true collectivists like Marat and Robespierre. In the same manner, Kerensky was followed by Lenin; BaniSadr (if not exactly a liberal, a technocrat bent on secular modernization) by Khomeini.
The second, truly revolutionary phase is usually preceded by the delusion on the part of the liberal reformers that they can form a partnership with the radicals, harnessing their populist energy to help bring about the transition to free elections, economic modernization and individual rights. The radicals, for their part, always look on these alliances as purely tactical, to be overturned when the time was right to take over. We can predict a similar outcome for Mohommad El Baradei's and other reformers' opening to the Mulsim Brotherhood's leaders.
Another consistent feature is that revolutions take place, not in the most repressive of tyrannies, but more typically in despotisms whose grip is already loosening, and where both a degree of economic prosperity and liberalization are already taking place. The administration of Louis XVI was the most liberal and reformist ever known in France; it attempted to introduce a free market system and break the economic hold of the aristocracy over the masses. Similarly, Tsar Nicholas II alternated between harsh repression and encouraging the Duma to share power with the crown; during his reign, the Russian economy was one of the fastest growing in Europe, reaching levels in agricultural production that Nikita Krushchev conceded in 1956 had still not been equaled.
In the case of Egypt under Mubarak, the outbreak against his rule was preceded by a period in which modest progress was being made in Egypt's economic prospects and standard of living, due to a small amount of oil, a lot of tourism, and increasing foreign investment. This year the economy grew by a robust 6%. Ditto in Iran, where the Shah was committed to political and economic Westernization and secularization. Ditto in Russia, where Gorbachev's toppling of the Soviet regime was preceded by the Brezhnev era in which Russians were finally tasting some solid economic benefits.
Common to these cases is Toqueville's thesis of the revolution of rising expectations. Fitful and semi-effective autocratic reformers whet people's hopes for a better future, but cannot satisfy the expectations they arouse. Their own semi-effective reforms unleash the forces that overthrow them. Then the liberal reform regime is in turn swept away by the true revolutionaries, who do not want a liberal "bourgeois" revolution like the American revolution, but want to revoke both traditional authority and the half-completed modernization in favor of a populist collective.
During the flash point that signals the downfall of the autocrat, there is often a moment of truth when it becomes clear that the autocrat's own allies, especially the military, will not take the extreme measures necessary to crush the revolt, and tell the autocrat they will not fire on the people. This happened with Louis XVI, the Tsar and the Shah. In the case of Gorbachev, he himself refused to use the Soviet military and security services to halt the out-of-control pace of his own reforms. And now Mubarak, whose generals told him the same thing, finally easing him out. In contrast, determined tyrannies like the Soviet Union under Lenin and Stalin will methodically kill tens of thousands of people until rebellion is crushed (for example., the Kronstadt rebellion). Currently, Syria exudes the silence of the grave as popular uprisings flair nearby, a sign of how grimly effective its tyranny is. And, since there is no television footage, no one calls for the demise of this far more lethal regime.
Finally, most revolutionary (as opposed to reformist) regimes embark on an aggressive, militaristic foreign policy. The reason is that, inevitably, it is impossible for them to fulfill their people's desires for a better life, both because the transformation will take too long and because they are actually hostile to liberal reforms. There is also a genuine ideological fervor to spread the ideal of the collective to other peoples. They harness popular energy and turn it outward, whipping up the notion that they are surrounded by enemies bent on their destruction. This happened with the French Revolution, with National Socialism and with the Bolsheviks, and more recently with Iranian leader Ahmadinejad's professed belief that the U.S. and Israel are constantly plotting Iran's destruction, and that their destruction will bring utopia to the entire world.
Most of these features have been present in the current upheaval in Egypt. The initial, liberal revolution was sparked by people, especially educated young people, who had tasted a bit of economic and political modernization, but found that the regime could not deliver. As a rather shambling Mafia-style state, Mubarak's Egypt was a relatively open society, awash in Western entertainment and commercialism, where only political dissent was treated ruthlessly. Like pre-revolutionary France, Russia, Weimar and the Shah's Iran, it was a "wide open" society in the cities; Cairo is often called the New York City of the middle east. It thus encouraged the young to believe that a better life was coming, but constantly frustrated that hope. As for the new military rulers, chances are slim that any government brokered by them will satisfy the protesters - these men are among the departed Mubarak's richest cronies and kleptocrats.
Should El Baradei (himself no friend of the U.S. and quite hostile to Israel) manage to lead the reformers in a coalition, he will be the transitional liberal figure, the parallel of Mirabeau, Kerensky or BaniSadr. For the Muslim Brotherhood are waiting in the wings, bent on creating an Islamist collective ruled by the extreme version of Sharia law, an imitation of the Iranian theocracy. And, already, quite predictably, they are beginning to say that their new Egypt will pursue an aggressively anti-Western, and above all anti-Israel policy, making common cause with their revolutionary partners in Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas.
A senior member of the Brotherhood has already announced that their aim will be to "prepare the Egyptian people for war with Israel" and called for the Suez Canal to be closed so as to disrupt the West's oil trade. Another announced that a newly elected legislature's first duty will be to re-consider the peace treaty with Israel. As a matter of course, as soon as they can, the Brotherhood will terminate Egypt's tourist industry, one of its chief sources of income and an employer of many of the people demonstrating in Cairo today, because they regard tourists as a foreign taint and their interest in ancient ruins as promoting paganism. As Islamist revolutionaries, whatever more palatable image they may choose to present for now, they do not have the slightest interest in raising the Egyptian people's standard of living, because they detest liberal individualism and economic freedom.
As for the many commentators who observe that they have not yet asserted a leading role over the demonstrators, proving that the opposition is "broad-based," why would that surprise anyone after a mere three weeks? Five years elapsed between the opening of the French Revolution and the Terror of 1793. It took two years for Bani Sadr to go from being the president of the new Iranian Republic to being impeached by the Khomeinists and driven from the country. There was an interval of seven months between the beginning of the Russian Revolution with Kerensky's provisional government and the Bolshevik coup d'etat bringing Lenin to power. I find it striking that some leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood are tipping their hand so early about their plans for when they come to power. It shows either foolhardy optimism or a sure sense of their grip on events.
I predict that, within a few months of a transitional reformist regime taking over, headed by a coalition of largely secular reformists, we will see enormous demonstrations in the streets by followers of the Muslim Brotherhood, far better organized and militant than the ones that drove out Mubarak, a sea of banners shouting for the destruction of Israel and the expulsion of all American and western influence. Let's make good and certain we know what we're wishing for in Egypt. Authoritarian regimes can transition to liberal democracy, but it is an infinitely complex and potentially dangerous process.
A sad day for free speech in Austria - Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff convicted of â€œdenigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religionâ€�
Mrs Sabaditsch-Wolff was very impressive in her speech in Luton. Her trial concluded today. This is from Gates of Vienna .
On the count of “incitement to hatred”: Not guilty. On the count of “denigration of religious beliefs of a legally recognized religion”: Guilty.
The judgment against the defendant is a €480 fine.
The judge second-guessed the Koran by saying Aisha was 18. She evidently noted that Aisha was 18 years old when Mohammed died, which is factual. The implication is that because he did not divorce her after she became above legal age, he was not a pedophile.
She says it’s not pedophilia, because Mohammed had no exclusive desire for underage girls; he wanted any female he could get his hands on. By implication, the child marriages so prevalent in hardcore Islamic countries cannot be legally categorized as “pedophilia” either.
Elisabeth said: “This is a sad day for my daughter and all girls.”
Convicted for speaking out against sex with minors. How’s that?
Because she insisted that sex with minors is pedophilia, she is guilty of denigrating religious teachings. Well, that tells us all we need to know about Islam, doesn’t it?
She said in Luton that she envied our English history which had given us the right of free speech from a very early period, such that it is ingrained in us. Austrian history, under the influence of the Hapsburgs, was different, and free speech in the sense we know it is a relatively new concept.
With tunnels being dug under the border by Mexican coyotes and drug cartels, you would imagine that Iran’s Al Qods force, Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and Hamas operatives might find that a tempting venue to insert Weapons of Mass Destruction into a major US port like San Diego. San Diego’s port has large international and military traffic. Ken Timmerman’s thriller, Honor killing, is about the thwarting by American security agents and Iranian patriots of an attempted insertion by Iran’s Al Qods force of a nuclear device into Washington, DC off loaded from a mini-sub in Chesapeake Bay with the aid of terrorist sleeper cells. We have always been concerned about a scenario of a container ship launched intermediate range missile with a low yield dirty bomb warhead given Iranian regime test launches of Scud missiles in the Caspian Sea in 2008. This despite in excess of 70% radiation scanning of Container cargo at 58 port locations overseas currently under the Container Security Initiative that seeks a target of 100% screening of container cargo entering US Ports like San Diego by 2013 as mandated under federal legislation.
Yesterday, FoxNews program America Liveaired a KGTV News 10 interview with the San Diego Deputy Port Director Al Hallor, who is also a Customs Port Bureau official of Homeland Security. Hallor funfered about his response to a TV journalist question about whether they had caught dirty bombs with ‘mass effects’ interrupted by a public relations flack minder concerned over Hallor’s statements. The key exchange in the KGTV News 10 report was captured in an Investors Business Dailyreport:
Reporter Mitch Blacher asked Hallor: "Do you ever find things that are dangerous like a chemical agent or a weaponized device?" The customs official replied: "At the airport, seaport, at our port of entry we have not this past fiscal year, but our partner agencies have found those things."
"So, specifically, you're looking for the dirty bomb? You're looking for the nuclear device?" asked Blacher. "Correct," said Hallor. "Weapons of mass effect."
According to the Daily Mail, the interview was cut short by a "public affairs official" when asked if a WMD, or the components for one, had been found in San Diego proper.
Just last week, the Daily Mail reports, the acting inspector general of the Justice Department, Cynthia Schnedar, criticized U.S. efforts to prepare for a potential WMD attack as "uncoordinated and fragmented.
We'd like to believe this is just a low-level security official doing a little bragging, but in light of recent events it's not a question of if, but when. And it may be a case of right now and right here.
Watch the America Live Fox News segment report, “San Diego Port Security Says WMD Found on American Soil” with the KGTV News 10 interview here:
Islamists in East London have sparked anger after flyposting stickers which called for a gay-free zone.
The stickers were distributed around the Whitechapel, Shoreditch and Poplar areas over the weekend. Specifically, they were targeted at schools and pubs, including the gay-friendly George and Dragon.
The professionally produced, anonymous stickers say: “Arise and Warn. Gay free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment.” The 'Gay free zone' slogan is within a diagonal bar across a rainbow flag. Definitely sounds like the same design.
Equality campaigner Peter Tatchell – who has been attacked by Muslim groups three times in the capital – condemned the behaviour. "Only last week there were reports of threats being sent by Islamists to gay students at South Bank University. LGBT History Month posters have been defaced by extremist Muslim students. Several universities have hosted hate preachers who endorse the killing of LGBT people. I appeal to Muslim religious and political leaders in East London to speak out against homophobia. We need a clear statement from the leader of Tower Hamlets council and from the senior imam at the East London Mosque. They should publicly condemn homophobia and call for tolerance within the Muslim community".
A spokesperson for Tower Hamlets council told us: “We work hard to actively foster a climate of acceptance and tolerance, and combat all forms of discrimination and harassment within the borough. We are appalled by the actions of those who have produced and posted these stickers. We treat issues like this very seriously, and these incidents are being investigated by the borough's Hate Crime Team who are working alongside the local police."
SAN DIEGO - Investigators now say 36 people were injured Saturday morning when a taxi crashed into a crowd of people outside Stingaree nightclub.
The woman who sustained most serious injuries underwent surgery Monday. She’s identified as Dominique Gambale, a mother of two from Encinitas.
UCSD surgeons spoke about Gambales injuries on Monday saying “"Mrs. Gambale experienced an extreme crushing injury to her right leg, which was still attached at the time of her injury. To clarify, her leg was never severed,” said surgeon Dr. Paul Girard. “In addition to a tibia fracture, she has a large open wound, which will require the care of a multidisciplinary team of top orthopaedic, vascular and plastic surgeons.”
Surgeons say when Gambale arrived Saturday morning, she was taken care of by a team of 15 medical and surgical experts. On Monday, Dominique was already well enough to approve the hospital issuing a statement on her behalf. “I know that I am in good hands here at UC San Diego Medical Center. My care has been exceptional,” said Gambale's statement. “I have been amazed at the level of skill and comprehensive efforts provided by the trauma and orthopaedic surgery team”.
Friday night was supposed to be a special night for Dominique. She was out celebrating an early Valentine’s Day with her husband James, a San Diego patent lawyer.
As for the crash, some victims don’t believe it was an accident.
"No horns, no brakes, no screeching no yelling - not anyone saying - get out of the way."
"All these people were out there waiting in line for their cabs, it was just the worst possible time."
The roommate of the cab driver talked about the man at the center of the crash with San Diego 6 News
Dan Rose says he has been living with Sam Hassan Daly for the last two months. Rose says, "he's a pretty solitary man kind of a recluse I guess you would call it."
Rose says things have gotten progressively worse since he moved in. "It's been a very uncomfortable situation living here the last couple months."
A photo shows Daly's cab parked in the garage before Saturday morning's crash. A crash and confrontation that injured 35 people in the Gaslamp district in front of Stingaree nightclub.
Rose said he feared the 52-year-old Egyptian born cab driver. "Just very irrational behavior, um I don't know if it was necessarily a terroristic type thing or maybe he's just imbalanced."
Rose said Daly called him names and confronted him for bringing a date home. The confrontation scared him so much, he began to carry a knife with him in the house.
Rose says, "the reaction he had towards me kind of made me a little scared so I carry one with me even in my home when I'd go to the bathroom."
Rose has probably never been around Muslims before and had no idea that he was breaking the rules by bringing a date home or that by doing so he was endangering his own life.
Rose says Daly gave him his move out notice last Friday. That the home is in foreclosure and Daly was leaving the country and heading back to Egypt.
The home is stark. Rose says, "he doesn't have any pictures or anything on the walls, pretty bare house pretty bare house pretty bare minimum."
It's not clear if Daly had diabetes but it does appear he was on some kind of medication at the time of the crash...
Doesn't that seem to always be the case? They're always "unbalanced" and either off their medication, or on the wrong medication or something. It's never the Muslim mindset that is to blame. On the video, the reporter says that Daly's other friends (Muslim friends?) describe him as "not short tempered nor unstable."
If my whiter-than-white use of performative verbs offends, then I apologise. Breeze Harper asks, "When is White Studies an (and not an) Anti-Racist Project?" The answer is blowin' - and bloviatin' - in the wind:
This paper examines six different modes for declaring whiteness used within academic writing, public culture and government policy, arguing that such declarations are non-performative: they do not do what they say. The paper offers a general critique of the mode of declaration, in which ‘admissions’ of ‘bad practice’ are taken up as signs of ‘good practice’, as well as a more specific critique of how whiteness studies constitutes itself through such declarations. The declarative mode involves a fantasy of transcendence in which ‘what’ is transcended is the very ‘thing’ admitted to in the declaration (for example, if we are say that we are racists, then we are not racists, as racists do not know they are racists). By investigating declarative speech acts, the paper offers a critique of the self-reflexive turn in whiteness studies, suggesting that we should not rush too quickly beyond the exposure of racism by turning towards whiteness as a marked category, by identifying ‘what white people can do’ , by describing good practice, or even by assuming that whiteness studies can provide the conditions of anti-racism. Declarations of whiteness could be described as ”unhappy performatives’, the conditions are not in place that would allow such declarations to do what they say.
"An (and not an) ..."? That's a whole nother question. Absobloodylutely.
Whether it's the Kompassionate Koran or the Mild Madrassa, those dastardly dar-al-harbies will keep dashing in there, plucking peppercorns of violence from their perfectly peaceful context. Undercover Mosque,Lessons of Hate and Violence - all of them catching the Ummah on an uncharacteristic off-day. From the BBC:
An Islamic school in Birmingham says it is drafting a complaint to Ofcom in light of a Channel 4 Dispatches show.
Lessons in Hatred and Violence, aired on Monday evening, showed footage of a preacher at Darul Uloom School displaying extreme views.
Head teacher Mujahid Aziz said the school had been misrepresented.
Dispatches said it stood by its investigation and that "numerous" adults had been filmed teaching contempt for other religions.
Out of two years of teachings, the programme makers had taken a few incidents and shown them again and again, he said.
"It's a clear misrepresentation of what we actually do," Mr Aziz claimed.
He added the school had eventually found the recording devices and taken them to the police.
"Despite them containing extensive footage of our school we called police immediately.
"We gave it to them. We have got nothing to hide."
This co-operation should be taken with a pinch of salt. On past form, the West Midlands police is likely to take the side of the Muslims committing or endorsing violence and hatred, and to hound those who merely expose it.
A Form Of Linguicide That Also Does Terrible Damage To The English That Survives
No native speaker of English should be delighted, much less proud, that English is the world's lingua franca. It began with English as the language of business, sport, and entertainment, and now it has horribly metastasized into the language of classroom instruction in many countries in Europe. It's horrible for those who will have to endure expressing themselves, and thinking, in a language whose richest possiblities will be forever beyond them. And it is one offense against the true native speaker, whose own English is being damaged, not only by those who buzz and twitter and tweet (French suffers even more from the simplified spelling, and the English-First keyboards that are so prevalent), but by the rise of this primitive World English, this creeping creole that slowly but inexorably cretinizes.
Here, sufficient unto this day, is the evil therof:
Europe's Push to Teach in English Creates Barriers in the Classroom
As universities on the continent try to make English academe's lingua franca, students might be losing out
Thomas Lekfeldt for The Chronicle
Phillipp Schröder, who grew up in Germany, studied in England, and teaches in Denmark, says 80 percent of his teaching is in English. "I prefer to speak German, or Danish, for that matter," he confesses. "I have frustrations in English."
Thomas Lekfeldt for The Chronicle
Phillipp Schröder, who grew up in Germany, studied in England, and teaches in Denmark, says 80 percent of his teaching is in English. "I prefer to speak German, or Danish, for that matter," he confesses. "I have frustrations in English."
By Aisha Labi
Like a growing number of scholars in Europe, Philipp J.H. Schröder, a popular professor of economics at Aarhus University, is something of a polyglot. A native of Germany, he earned his undergraduate degree in England and now lives and teaches in Denmark's second-largest city.
His English, though moderately accented, seems flawless in conversation, so he would appear the ideal candidate to preside over an increasingly common type of classroom in Europe: one with few native English speakers but where English is the language of instruction.
Mr. Schröder estimates that about 80 percent of his teaching is now in English, but he has few illusions about how fluent he truly is.
"I prefer to speak German, or Danish, for that matter," he confesses. "I have frustrations in English."
He is not alone. As universities across Europe offer more programs in English to attract an international student body and raise their international profiles, the growing pains are becoming evident. Some students complain that their professors' language skills are not classroom-ready. Some professors complain that their students, many of whom come from different countries and cultures, aren't adapting well to their new environment.
'ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries says he tabled a petition in Federal Parliament questioning Muslim immigration because of his belief in the right to free speech.
That's his story and he's sticking to it - CM.
'The petition, signed by three people in Sydney (only three? - I'd have signed it in a flash, to make four, had I known such a thing was going forward, and I know I could have found others to bring the total up even higher - CM) calls for a moratorium on Muslim immigration.
'It seeks a review of immigration policy be undertaken to ensure priority is given to Christians.
Yes: I would support that; I would support giving priority to Copts, for example, and Assyrian Christians fleeing murderous Muslim persecution in Iraq, and to people like Asia Bibi in Pakistan who is in prison facing death because a group of malicious Muslim women accused her of 'blasphemy'. - CM.
'Senator Humphries says he disagrees with the petition and will meet local Muslims to allay their concerns.
What about the concerns of Coptic Christians in Australia who rationally feared that among Muslims in Australia there would be those, minded for Jihad, who would hear and obey the call to attack Coptic churches worldwide, this January? What about the concerns of Jewish Australians who hear Muslim marchers in Australia chanting 'Kill the Jews!' 'Death to Israel!'? What about the concerns of the Lebanese Christian bottle shop owner interviewed by Australian journalist Paul Sheehan, in 2006, who was being continuously harassed by Muslims with a view to forcing him out of business and out of what they arrogantly claimed was 'a Muslim area'? What about the concerns of the Assyrian Christian Australians whose monument in Sydney- a memorial to the Assyrian Christian victims of Muslim Jihad genocide under Turkish Muslim rule - was viciously defaced by Turkish Muslims resident in Australia? - CM.
"Many Muslims are my friends and I hope they'll remain my friends", he said.
My dear Senator Humphries, do please find out what a smiling Muslimah did to MP Stephen Timms in the UK, and have a nice long think about it - CM.
"But I hope that they'll also understand that as a member of the Federal Parliament I have an obligation to fulfil or place before the Parliament points of view of citizens if they're on matters that affect the powers and the role of the Federal Parliament", he said.
'I hope that they'll also understand..'. They won't. - CM.
'A leading member of the Muslim community has questioned Senator Humphries' decision to table the petition.
'Australian Federation of Islamic Council president Ikebal Patel says if Senator Humphries does not agree with the views expressed then he should not have tabled the petition.
Yup. They don't understand. Pandering to the Muslim community, in the eyes of Ikebal Patel, should trump adherence to Parliamentary procedure. - CM.
"You either put it in and back it or you take Senator Kate Lundy's view that...she chose not to put it forward because it was an abhorrent position", he said.
An abhorrent position? I don't find anything abhorrent about proposing to exclude from Australia the card-carrying members of an ideologically-defined group who are known to include a significant number of persons who are only too willing and eager to kill 'blasphemers' and 'apostates' - as explicitly prescribed by their ideology, or gang code of honour, and from among whom we have already had a number of mass-murder-minded jihad-plotters.
And now for report number 2. The Leader of the Opposition fails to grasp what the petitioners are getting at, but at least he supports its tabling.
'Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has backed ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries, who tabled a petition calling for a moratorium on Muslim immigration.
'The petition, signed by three people in Sydney, calls for a review of immigration policy [to] be undertaken to ensure priority is given to Christians.
'Senator Humphries says he disagrees with the petition but he tabled it because he believes every citizen has a right to put their views to the Parliament.
'Mr Abbott says he also disagrees with the petiion, but people have a right to put their views.
"I'm not proposing that [I assume by 'that', he means a halt to Muslim immigration - CM], he's not proposing that, no-one is proposing that".
No-one? At least three people have proposed it; and I'm putting up my hand right here and now to make a fourth, and I can think of at least five other people I know personally who would have signed that same petition, in a flash, had they known it was being got up. - CM.
"People have a right to petition their Parliament even on subjects that their MPs don't agree with, even on subjects where the Parliament is unlikely to act"...
'During an interview on 2UE this afternoon LNP (Liberal-National Party - CM) Senator Barnaby Joyce was asked if he would support a ban or a moratorium on Muslim immigration for ten years.
"I would be very circumspect to do that", he said. "I would be more likely to call for a ban on immigration altogether than start picking and choosing who you're going to have and who you're not going to have".
Why? What's wrong with a bit of picking and choosing?
Especially in light of the fact, as expressed by 'Hugh Fitzgerald' in a lapidary sentence, that in all majority non-Muslim countries, (and this includes Australia) "the large-scale presence of Muslims has created a situation for the indigenous non-Muslims, and for non-Muslim immigrants also, that is far more unpleasant, expensive, and physically dangerous than would be the case without that large-scale presence". - CM.
Bahrain’s Shiites May Rally After Funeral for Killed Protester
February 15, 2011
By Glen Carey and Mohammed Hatem
Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Bahraini protesters may rally for a third day today after the funeral for the second demonstrator killed during clashes in the Persian Gulf state.
Thousands gathered yesterday in the capital, Manama, to demand democracy and an end to discrimination against the Shiite Muslim majority as unrest inspired by popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt swept the Middle East. Fighting broke out before the
funeral of the first protester killed on Jan. 14, the official Bahrain News Agency said.
Protests in Bahrain, Yemen and Iran have raised concerns about instability in a region that holds about three-fifths of global oil reserves. Sunni-ruled Bahrain, home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, and its neighbor Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab economy and world’s biggest oil producer, are U.S. allies. [No they are not. They have some shared interests; that is all]. Many among Bahrain’s populace retain cultural and family links with Shiite-dominated Iran. Saudi Arabia also has a Shiite minority population in the Eastern Province, where most of its oil is produced.
“Fear that civil unrest could spread into oil-producing states in the Middle East is keeping investors nervous,” said Andrey Kryuchenkov, an analyst with VTB Capital in London.
Brent crude futures rose Feb. 14 to the highest in more than two years as popular demands for civil rights, invigorated by the mass protests that toppled Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak last week, rattled the region. Brent for April settlement rose to $103.08, the highest settlement since September 2008. It dropped $1.44, or 1.4 percent, to $101.64 yesterday.
Iran is the second-largest producer in the Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries, producing about 3.7 million barrels a day, according to Bloomberg data. Bahrain pumped about 32,000 barrels a day of crude in 2009 and 1.49 billion cubic feet of gas, according to the national oil and gas authority.
In Yemen, another oil and gas producer, stone-throwing protesters clashed with police yesterday as they marched toward the presidential palace, on the fifth day of demonstrations calling for an end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule. Iranian security forces the previous day used tear gas to break up the biggest anti-government protests since the aftermath of a disputed presidential election in June 2009.
In Manama late yesterday, Bahraini protesters set up makeshift camps at the Pearl Roundabout, one of the main traffic junctions in the capital. “People are saying that this is our Tahrir Square,” said Nabeel Rajab, head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, in an interview. He was referring to the focus of protests in Cairo that led to the ouster of Mubarak.
Shiites, who represent as much as 70 percent of Bahrainis, say they face job and housing discrimination from the ruling Al Khalifa family and its supporters. The country experienced clashes between Shiites and police before parliamentary elections in October.
King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, a Sunni Muslim, has ordered an increase in food subsidies and social welfare payments, and a grant of 1,000 dinars ($2,653) to each Bahraini family. The monarch earlier said that the process of political and social change “will not stop,” the Bahrain News Agency reported.
Like Bahrain’s protesters, Iran’s opposition movement says it has drawn inspiration from the Arab revolts that removed Mubarak and Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. It accuses Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of meeting popular demands for change with violent repression.
The demonstration in Tehran was backed by opposition leaders including Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karrubi, who challenged Ahmadinejad in the 2009 election and said the result was rigged. Tens of thousands of protesters were dispersed by security forces using tear gas and baton charges, al-Jazeera television said. Two people were killed in the unrest, state-run Press TV said.
In Egypt, the army took control after Mubarak’s resignation on Feb. 11 and has pledged to oversee a rewriting of the constitution to prepare for free elections. Tunisia is also preparing for elections under an interim government after Ben Ali’s Jan. 14 ouster, and opposition groups including the main Islamic movement are competing with representatives of the former ruling party to steer the transition.
All of the region’s governments are classified as autocratic regimes [family despotisms] in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2010 Democracy Index.
Anti- Sharia Legislation Introduced in South Dakota despite â€œDeath to Israelâ€� Threats
When we interviewed David Yerushalmi about his efforts at combating Sharia in America, he spoke about the launch in the 2011 of a package of legislation to be introduced in a number of State legislatures in 2011. One of the early ones is South Dakota, the Mount Rushmore State, where State Senator Dan Lederman, chair of the Great Plains Chapter of the Republican Jewish Coalition and co-founder of the Jewish & Christian Coalition of the Midwest (JCCM) has introduced both American Law for American Courts (South Dakota Senate Bill 201) and a companion Shariah finance disclosure law. Lederman had been active in signing up the South Dakota State Pension system to divest taxpayer funds from investments in companies doing business with Iran. Yerushalmi will out in Pierre, South Dakota testifying tomorrow before the Senate Committee about both legislative proposals.
In our interview with Yerushalmi, he noted the importance of the legislative package being introduced on behalf of his client, The Public Policy Alliance, in more than 20 jurisdictions:
Yerushalmi:We drafted a uniform law called, "American Laws for American Courts" in which we define as void as against public policy and not recognizable by a state court any foreign law or religious law for that matter that would violate fundamental constitutional liberties and privileges. This facially neutral law would apply to Shariah because Shariah violates all sorts of constitutional liberties and privileges, not the least of which would be the free exercise of religion, equal protection and the due process clauses.
Thus a state may accomplish the same end without identifying Shariah per se and avoiding the sticky problems of our First Amendment jurisprudence.
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Gordon: Do you see any basis for developing state level legislation that would contend with Shariah-compliant finance issues?
Yerushalmi: Yes. Our client, The Public Policy Alliance has retained us to address this problem and we have completed a model amendment to the 2002 Uniform Securities Act, the model "blue sky laws" applicable at the state level. Almost every state has already passed some version of the Uniform Securities Act which parallels the federal regulatory structure for securities. Our amendment makes very clear that any bank or financial institution that offers a security in a particular state bound by a foreign legal system, which would include Shariah, whose laws violate state and federal constitutions, is under a requirement to disclose all of the relevant facts about those offending provisions of that foreign law. You could still buy that security with the knowledge that it is governed by a foreign law, but you would be doing so fully apprised of its offending provisions. I would dare say that this kind of disclosure would effectively kill a Shariah-compliant security offering in this country.
You wouldn’t think that South Dakota would have a mounting Shariah problem, until you find out that Sioux Falls, the commercial and financial service center of the Coyote State, has a burgeoning Muslim population with a mix on Sudanese/ Somali and Middle East Muslim groups. Sioux Falls is one of the so-called Gateway cities to which Muslim legal refugees under our humanitarian refugee laws have been vectored – a process as we have pointed out that began under the Clinton Administration in the 1990’s. Voluntary Agencies like Lutheran World services and Catholic Charities have had contracts with the State Department and Department of Health and Human Services to assist with absorption of Muslim immigrants.
Lisa Marie Johnson of Mary’s Project, a spokesperson for the JCCM, transplanted New Yorker and educator in the Catholic school system in Sioux Falls informed us that the Muslim community now has four Mosques, including the Islamic Center of Sioux Falls, affiliated with Muslim Brotherhood front, Islamic Circle of North America under construction that is alleged to cost over $6.4 million. Note what a report by The Investigative Project on Terrorism has to say about the radical doctrine of the ICNA:
However, internal ICNA records describe a long-term campaign to change the country. In a 2003 introductory manual provided to potential members of its youth group, youth leader Azeem Khan wrote that the purpose of the group was "educating, training, and developing the Muslim youth to be Islamic workers for Iqamat-ad-Deen in North America." Khan then defined Iqamat-ad-Deen as "the Establishment of Islam in its totality," so that "He [Allah] may make it prevalent over all religions" in North America.
ICNA's charter goes into even more detail. It explains that ICNA wants Islam to be the dominant force in all spheres of life, including the political and economic, with the practical realization of this form of Islamic rule in an Islamic Caliphate.
Johnson of the JCCM has investigated the ICSF’s website and found Shariah compliant materials that corroborate the views of the IPT on the ICNA radical doctrine.
The arrival of Middle East and South Asian Muslim professionals and business owners has had some untoward consequences. A January 2, 2011 rally held by local Muslim activists in support of Palestinians in which anti-Semitic slurs against Israel and Jews were caught on video. The rally marked the second anniversary of the IDF Operation Cast Lead incursion in Gaza that endeavored to disrupt Hamas and Islamic Jihad rocket and mortar batteries and destroyed weapons stockpiles, but incurred civilian casualties. A Sioux Falls, Argus Leader report indicated that the protest group didn’t have a parade permit and may have violated local zoning laws Watch this “Death to Israel in South Dakota” You Tube Video of one such rally produced by the talented J. Mark Campbell of the Florida Security Council.
Ms. Johnson told of how she and others were ironically rebuffed from entering a sex-segregated Muslim Community Center (MCC) provided by Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, at the request of Avera Muslim physicians . This looks like pure dhimmitude by the Catholic sponsors of the MCC. See this KDLT local NBC affiliate, news report on the opening of the Sioux Falls Community Muslim Center in December, 2010.
The JCCM is engaged in bringing the film Iranium to Sioux Falls with both Tom Trento of the FSC and Frank Gaffney, Jr. of the Center for Security Policy as presenters. Later this spring, Ms. Johnson and US Army Capt. Joel Arends will travel to do a documentary on the beleaguered Assyrian Chaldean Christian community a co-production with the FSC.
None of this outburst of anti-Sharia and Muslim intimidation in South Dakota should surprise you. Former South Dakota US Senator James Abourezk, who left the US Senate in 1979, co- founded the virulently anti-Israel American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee. Further, Sen. Abourzek may have had a behind the scenes role in the appointment of Pete Rouse President Obama’s Chief of Staff replacement for former aide Rahm Emanuel. Rouse was Abourezk’s legislative assistant during the latter’s term in the US Senate.
Notwithstanding, this background, we commend Sen. Lederman, Ms. Johnson and others in the JCCM facing down, in the Coyote State and informing the public of pending anti-Sharia legislation and documenting Muslim intimidation and hate against infidels in the Mount Rushmore State.
[T]here are narrations in Sunan an Nasai, Abu Dawood, and Tirmidhi: Abdur Rahman bin Turfah reports from his grandfather ‘Arfajah bin As'ad who says that "he had his nose cut off at the battle of al-Kilab [to spite his face? - M. J.] and got a silver nose, but it developed a stench, so the Prophet ØµÙ„Ù‰ Ø§Ù„Ù„Ù‡ Ø¹Ù„ÙŠÙ‡ ÙˆØ³Ù„Ù… ordered him to get a gold nose." Gold is forbidden for men, but its use is allowed for medical purposes.
My dog's got a silver nose. How does he smell? Terrible.
A Muslim Mob, In Tahrir Square, "Whipped Into A Frenzy," Assaults A Western Woman
CBS News' Lara Logan recovering after 'brutal' attack
In this Feb. 11, 2011 photo released by CBS, '60 Minutes' correspondent Lara Logan is shown covering the reaction in in Cairo's Tahrir Square the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. (AP / CBS News)
Tuesday Feb. 15, 2011
NEW YORK — CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was recovering in a U.S. hospital Tuesday from a sexual attack and beating she sustained while reporting on the tumultuous events in Cairo.
Logan was in the city's Tahrir Square on Friday after Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down when she, her team and their security "were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration," CBS said in a statement Tuesday.
The network described a mob of more than 200 people "whipped into a frenzy."
Separated from her crew in the crush of the violent pack, she suffered what CBS called "a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating." She was saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers, the network said. The Associated Press does not name victims of a sexual assault unless the victim agrees to it.
She reconnected with the CBS team and returned to the U.S. on Saturday.
The attack on Logan, CBS News' chief foreign affairs correspondent, is one of at least 140 others suffered by reporters covering the unrest in Egypt since Jan. 30, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. An Egyptian reporter died from gunshot wounds he received during the protests.
A week before Friday's attack, Logan was detained by the Egyptian military for a day, along with two CBS cameramen. They returned to the U.S. after their release, and Logan went back to Cairo shortly before Mubarak left.
Logan joined CBS News in 2002. She regularly reports for the "CBS Evening News" as well as "60 Minutes," where she has been a correspondent since 2006. She has reported widely from Iraq and Afghanistan, and other global trouble spots.
CBS said it had no further comment on Logan's assault.
Monument erected in Soviet times in Dilijan, Armenia commemorating the location where Aleksandr Pushkin (on his way to meet his brother) stopped the carriage with Aleksandr Griboyedov's body being transported to Tiflis. An inscription in Russian and Armenian says: "Here A. S. Pushkin on 28[verification needed] June 1829 saw the body of A. S. Griboyedov".
The incident began when an Armenianeunuch escaped from the harem of Persian shahFath Ali Shah, and two Armenian girls escaped from that of his son-in-law. All three sought refuge at the Russian embassy. As agreed to in the Treaty of Turkmenchay, Armenians living in Persia were permitted to return to Eastern Armenia.However, the Shah demanded that Griboyedov return the three. Griboyedov refused. This caused an uproar throughout the city and several thousand Persians encircled the Russian compound demanding their release. Griboyedov and other members of his mission, seeing that things are bad, prepared for a siege and sealed all the windows and doors, armed and in full uniform, resolved to defend to the last drop of blood. The Cossack detachment assigned to protect the embassy was too small in number but held off the mob for over an hour until finally being driven back to Griboyedov's office. There, he and the rest of the Cossacks held out even further until the mob broke through and slaughtered them all. Griboyedov was among the first who were shot to death. Second secretary of the mission Adelung and, in particular, a young doctor (name unknown) fought hard, but the fight was too unequal , and soon the scene was that of butchered, decapitated corpses. The mob grabbed the corpse of Griboyedov, distinguished by his uniform, and dragged it through the streets and bazaars of the city, with cries of celebration. The eunuch was one of the first killed in the assault on the embassy; the fate of the two Armenian girls remains unknown.
His body was for three days so ill-treated by the mob that it was recognized only by an old scar on the hand, due to a wound received in a duel. His body was taken to Tiflis and buried in the monastery of Saint David (Mtatsminda Pantheon). His 16-year-old widow, Nino, on hearing of his death, gave premature birth to a child who died a few hours later. She lived another thirty years after her husband's death, rejecting all suitors and winning universal admiration for her fidelity to his memory.
In this posting the question came up as to the meaning of "jumping the shark." I wanted to respond, and because this is of such earth-shattering significance, I didn't want it to get lost in the comments.
In the 1970's, there was a situation comedy (sit-com) called Happy Days, about a typical 1950's family, the Cunninghams. Now, the Cunninghams had a friend, Arthur Fonzerelli, or "The Fonz" as he was known, and he was as cool as a cucumber.
The show went on for many years, the child actors and the characters they portrayed grew, and the show eventually lost it's artistic steam. Ratings dropped. What to do?
The authors of the show's scripts had a brilliant idea: the Cunningham's could take a trip to Hawaii, and as part of that 2-week saga, The Fonz would attempt to jump on waterskis over a pool of sharks. Would he live? Would he die? Would we see daughter Joanie in a bikini? The suspense was unbearable.
In the event, The Fonz survived, but the show did not.
The phrase "jump the shark" came to mean the moment when a show's creativity is at an end, and writers begin to rely on melodrama and unbelieveable situations to try to keep ratings up.
Abbas Milani On What Happened In Iran In 1979, And Parallels Today
February 15, 2011
Iran Expert: Iran's 1979 Revolution is a Cautionary Tale
Professor Abbas Milani, who is director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, co-director of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution, and author of the book The Shah, warns that what just happened in Egypt is "eerily reminiscent of the events in Iran in 1979." In a long interview with Michael Totten on Feb. 1, Milani compares the two, describing how a revolution for democracy brought about a brutal theocracy:
... I knew [the Islamists] were bad news. I knew that what they were going to deliver was not democracy. But most people had never read any of Khomeini’s writings because they were banned....Even those who were willing, like me, to actually read this stuff, we dismissed it because we were under the Age of Enlightenment illusion that religion is the opiate of the masses and that there is an inverse correlation between reason and science on the one hand and religion on the other. We believed that Iran was too advanced for these ideas.
He explains further on today's edition of NPR's "Morning Edition":
They [the clerics] began to take over initially by Khomeini returning to Iran...to very jubilant celebrations, delivered a very tough message and said "I would punch this government in the nose"...He said I will appoint a new government, and he appointed a very soft-spoken, liberal figure to be head of the transitional, provisional government of Iran, and the cabinet that he introduced was not at all a clerical regime. Immediately, of course, Khomeini appointed for each of these ministries his own representatives. So you had virtually from moment one, kind of a dual power: the government officially in charge of the ministry but the clergy representing Khomeini meddling in every affair, learning the ropes, learning what they could take over, which happened about a year after the revolution....
...[Khomeini] had talked about [a theocracy] in many of his earlier writings, but In '79...he realized what the people of Iran want is democracy. That's why he hid his intention...
Although in Egypt "there is no charismatic leader like Khomeini who could take over this movement," Milani acknowledges, "there is the Muslim Brotherhood" which is "well-organized and has deep roots in Egyptian society..." And while the Muslim Brotherhood has been trying to distance themselves from Khomeini and insists that what happened in Egypt is not an Islamic revolution but a democratic revolution, Milani does not believe them. Listen to the interview here.