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Friday, 18 September 2009
Noor Ramjanally committed to Crown Court for trial

Do reporters for a local paper not get taught proper court procedure any more? They all seem to have diplomas in journalism - what do they get taught on these courses? It was a thorough apprenticeship on the Court Desk when I was a Court clerk.
This is theWaltham Forest Guardian.

LOUGHTON: Ramjanally case adjourned
A man (Noor Ramjanally) . . . will stand trial at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, December 7.
At a hearing yesterday (Wednesday) in Harlow magistrates court he was released on bail pending his appearance at Chelmsford.
No plea was entered.

If the result of the hearing is that he is going from Magistrates to Crown Court for trial then that is not an adjournment, that is Committal for Trial. A substantial decision by the lower court that he will be tried on indictment by a jury of his peers at the upper court. Perverting the Course of Justice is only triable on indictment and MUST be committed to the Crown Court. No plea would be entered at the Magistrates Court because they do not have power to deal with it. 'Adjournment' merely means that the court cannot deal with something today for whatever reason, therefore another day will be set. Not the same thing at all.
At the Crown Court an indictment will be drawn up and once he has seen that then he can consider his plea. The maximum sentence on conviction is life imprisonment, by the way (Archbold Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice 28-1 to 28-28).
The hearing at Crown Court Chelmsford on the 7th December will not be his trial - it will be a preliminary hearing to assess readiness for trial, time scale, availability of dates, witness availability, possibly to take pleas if the indictment is ready.
This is sloppy reporting and not impressive. Get a copy of Slapper and Kelly. Use it. Pshaw!

Posted on 09/18/2009 5:00 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 18 September 2009
Where the sun don't shine

Hugo Rifkind probes deeply into the matter of the TUC boycott:

[I]f the TUC did want to boycott all things Israeli, well, good luck to it. They make a lot of good stuff out there, particularly for hospitals. My heart goes out to those loyal trade unionists, lying face down on hospital tables, having turned down treatment with a new and apparently painless colonoscopy camera pill, recently developed in a small town near Haifa. Just eat plenty of prunes the night before, comrades, and make sure you have something to bite.

"Camera? Camera crew, more like it," as a luckless acquaintance of mine once put it. That will put paid to any sit-ins.

Posted on 09/18/2009 8:25 AM by Mary Jackson
Friday, 18 September 2009
Obama: Legalize Illegals to Get Them Health Care Coverage

Story here.

Note to our non-American readers: illegal aliens are treated in free of charge now. They simply use our emergency rooms as if they were doctors' offices and are usually covered through state Medicaid even for expensive procedures such as liver transplants.

Posted on 09/18/2009 9:22 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 18 September 2009
A Musical Interlude: How Do They Do It That Way? (Victoria Spivey, Louis Armstrong)

Listen here.

Posted on 09/18/2009 9:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 18 September 2009
Along With The Kreplach And Fractals, Leave Room For Bob Dylan

Listen here.

Well, the neighborhood bully, he's just one man,
His enemies say he's on their land.
They got him outnumbered about a million to one,
He got no place to escape to, no place to run.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully just lives to survive,
He's criticized and condemned for being alive.
He's not supposed to fight back, he's supposed to have thick skin,
He's supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in.
He's the neighborhood bully.

The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land,
He's wandered the earth an exiled man.
Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn,
He's always on trial for just being born.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he knocked out a lynch mob, he was criticized,
Old women condemned him, said he should apologize.
Then he destroyed a bomb factory, nobody was glad.
The bombs were meant for him.
He was supposed to feel bad.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, the chances are against it and the odds are slim
That he'll live by the rules that the world makes for him,
'Cause there's a noose at his neck and a gun at his back
And a license to kill him is given out to every maniac.
He's the neighborhood bully.

He got no allies to really speak of.
What he gets he must pay for, he don't get it out of love.
He buys obsolete weapons and he won't be denied
But no one sends flesh and blood to fight by his side.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Well, he's surrounded by pacifists who all want peace,
They pray for it nightly that the bloodshed must cease.
Now, they wouldn't hurt a fly.
To hurt one they would weep.
They lay and they wait for this bully to fall asleep.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Every empire that's enslaved him is gone,
Egypt and Rome, even the great Babylon.
He's made a garden of paradise in the desert sand,
In bed with nobody, under no one's command.
He's the neighborhood bully.

Now his holiest books have been trampled upon,
No contract he signed was worth what it was written on.
He took the crumbs of the world and he turned it into wealth,
Took sickness and disease and he turned it into health.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What's anybody indebted to him for?
Nothin', they say.
He just likes to cause war.
Pride and prejudice and superstition indeed,
They wait for this bully like a dog waits to feed.
He's the neighborhood bully.

What has he done to wear so many scars?
Does he change the course of rivers?
Does he pollute the moon and stars?
Neighborhood bully, standing on the hill,
Running out the clock, time standing still,
Neighborhood bully.

Posted on 09/18/2009 10:44 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 18 September 2009
Kimball: Jimmy Carter Read Sidney Hook

Roger Kimball writes:

An “outrageous, unfounded and potentially inflammatory remark about race.” That’s what Janet Daley, writing in The Daily Telegraph, said about Jimmy Carter’s contention that Joe Wilson’s outburst “You lie!” during Barack Obama’s address to Congress was “based on racism.”

Daley was absolutely correct. Carter’s comment was as outrageous as it was unfounded. I disapprove of Wilson’s expostulation just as much as I disapproved of all those who disrupted President Bush’s speeches with similar epithets. What I find even more unlikeable, however, is the cowardly, politically correct grandstanding of the U.S. House of Representatives, which just voted 240-179 to rebuke Congressman Wilson. According to a document called “Decorum in the House and in Committees,” members of the House may still “challenge the President on matters of policy” but are henceforth forbidden to

  • call the President a “liar.”

  • call the President a “hypocrite.”

  • describe the President’s veto of a bill as “cowardly.”

  • charge that the President has been “intellectually dishonest.”

  • refer to the President as “giving aid and comfort to the enemy.”

  • refer to alleged “sexual misconduct on the President’s part.”

But what if the President prosecutes his policy by delivering a hypocritical and mendacious speech that is as cowardly as it is intellectually dishonest? What if he pursues a foreign policy that, in the considered judgment of a member of the House, gives aid and comfort to the enemy? What if the President — not this President, but some other — in fact was guilty of sexual misconduct and we have the cigar, or at least the blue dress, to prove it? What then? Is it part of the Decorum of the House that the truth may not be told?

But I digress. Let me return to Carter’s “based on racism” comment. In fact, the operative “R” word here is not racism but revulsion. Rep. Wilson’s outburst was an expression of outrage, frustration, and revulsion at Obama’s studied mendacity. (And note, by the way, that it is perfectly OK for the President to accuse others of being liars and worse.) But Carter played the race card for the same reason that Charlie Rangel did when people stated asking about why he understated his income to the IRS by $500,000 or why Henry Louis Gates did when he was arrested for disorderly conduct by Sgt. James Crowley. In our culture, the charge of racism is not only a conversation-stopper it is a thought-stopper. We cannot publicly tell the truth about race, so the charge of racism always carries with it not only an element of intimidation, but also an element of exposure. Everyone knows that Al Sharpton, say, is a mountebank, but we must be chary of saying so because of his race. Ditto with Henry Louis Gates: his scholarly accomplishments are modest, to say the least, but we must not point that out because of his race.

When Obama was elected, many people, even many who voted against him, hoped that one collateral benefit of his election would be progress in the intellectual and moral swamp that oozes around the charge of racism. “At last,” it was hoped, “we can move beyond all that and deal with people on the basis of their real promise, accomplishments, and failings. Finally, we’ll be able to take the spurious idea of race out of the equation.”

No such luck. If anything, Obama’s election has heralded a marked upswing in racialism. Now, more than ever, if you criticize the ideas or behavior of someone who happens to be black, you run the risk of being called racist.

It is an epithet that overuse has more or less emptied of intellectual content. But it still carries a toxic political payload. The problem, as the philosopher Sidney Hook observed some years ago (and I’ve quoted this before in this space), that spurious charges of racism, far from making us more sensitive to the real thing, have the effect of dulling us to genuine instances of racism. “As morally offensive as is the expression of racism wherever it is found,” Hook wrote,

a false charge of racism is equally offensive, perhaps even more so, because the consequences of a false charge of racism enable an authentic racist to conceal his racism by exploiting the loose way the term is used to cover up his actions. The same is true of a false charge of sexism or anti-Semitism. This is the lesson we should all have learned from the days of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Because of his false and irresponsible charges of communism against liberals, socialists, and others among his critics, many communists and agents of communist influence sought to pass themselves off as Jeffersonian democrats or merely idealistic reformers. They would all complain they were victims of red-baiting to prevent criticism and exposure.

Posted on 09/18/2009 10:46 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Friday, 18 September 2009
Wilders Shows The Netherlands, And Europe, How To Get Off The Road To Self-Destruction

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Speech by Geert Wilders on the first day of the General Debate in the Dutch parliament

It is over. This government has run aground, like an old car that got stuck in loose sand. It still squeaks a little, it cracks. Anyone can see that the little creature will never move one meter again. The battery is dead. It’s all over.

Madam Chairman, it would be laughable if it were not for the future of the Netherlands. Then you could make fun of that little club of helpless people who stare out through the misty windscreen, hoping there is someone who can tell them which way to go. They know themselves that if you look closely, it is way past saving. That they only made the wrong decisions and did not take note of the little sign: “swamp to the left”. Then they did turn left. Because their ideological GPS is programmed to only turn “left” ever since the sixties. They cannot do anything else. Wouter [Bos, Vice PM, Finance Minister PvdA, Socialist] behind the wheel, Andre [Rouwvoet, Youth and Family Minister CU, Christian Union] in the baby seat, and to Jan Peter [Balkenende, PM CDA, Christian Democrat] anything is okay as long as his party gets to stay in the front seat. [V1]

They tried to throw some ballast overboard. Mrs. Vogelaar [former Integration Minister PvdA, Socialist] was tied to a tree. Aboutaleb [Moroccan-Dutch mayor of Rotterdam PvdA, Socialist] got out in Rotterdam with all his passports. Van Geel [fraction leader CDA] would have preferred to take the turn to Brabant to become the Queen’s Governor there. Jan Peter [Balkenende] cries out all the time: “I want to go to Brussels!”, and the Al Gore parrot, Miss Cramer [Environment and Housing Minister PvdA, Socialist] trumpets from the back seat: “Not too fast, that is bad for the polar bears!” The only route the PvdA is proposing is to do a few turns around the [Amsterdam] canals.

Prime Minister, please just stop with this. Send that rusty piece of junk to the junkyard. Collect the scrap fee. It makes no sense anymore. There is only one reason why the government [“Cabinet”, coalition government] continues stumbling: that is out of fear of elections.

I do understand that. I get it. For when the Netherlands gets to vote, it will show that the crisis mainly is happening in one specific place… and that is in the government. The Balkenende/Bos people, who are most of all good at throwing billions towards the chalk lines, to the big banks. If the Netherlands is allowed to choose, it will choose against the snatching habits, the big fat bonuses and bungling with side jobs. How dare the government go after ordinary citizens while they simultaneously spend billions on banks and leftist hobbies, and hundreds of millions for the 19,000 asylum seekers that await us next year, about double the number of last year!

If the Dutch get to say what they think about the budget cuts, well then, I can predict what it will be: care, the police, and education will be spared. According to the Dutch there should not be any pinching and scraping on that. But the borders will be closed immediately to more fortune-seekers. Then the development aid spigot will be turned off tight, and there will no more be billions flowing to that bureaucratic Moloch, the European Union. Then the left-wing public TV will have to do with far less money, and there will be no expensive JSF [F-35 Joint Strike Fighter].

If the voters have their way, the fraction of the PvdA will fit in a Mini Cooper. Looking away just won’t help anymore. The coalition that has run aground may stick its head deep under the dashboard; the voters are on the verge of losing all patience, they are counting the days until the next election, which at the latest will be on May 11, 2011. The voters want a new parliament and a new government instead of this helpless bunch in that run-aground little car.

But, fair is fair; there is also a lot being achieved by this government. For instance, integration goes very well… At least, the integration of the Netherlands into Dar-al-Islam, the Islamic world. This government is enthusiastically co-operating with the Islamization of the Netherlands. In all of Europe the elite opens the floodgates wide. In only a little while, one in five people in the European Union will be Muslim. Good news for this multiculti-government that views bowing to the horrors of Allah as its most important task. Good news for the CDA [Christian Democratic Appeal, the party of the PM]: C-D-A, in the meanwhile stands for Christians Serve Allah [Christenen Dienen Allah].

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Madam Chairman, this government, this elite does not have even the slightest will to oppose Islamization. No, it looks to it as a great enrichment of the Dutch landscape. All those snug mosques, those cute headscarves, those cozy burkas. Yes, the Netherlands really becomes more beautiful with that. Here and there from time to time some are left dead, or some are raped, and eventually our country will go bankrupt. But all that may not spoil the fun. Only a grumbler would pay attention to that. Just have patience for a little while, because we await the Islamic Utopia.

Madam Chairman, a better environment begins with yourself. Many Dutch are irritated by the pollution of public space by Islam. In other words, our streets in some places are increasingly looking like Mecca and Tehran. Scarves, hate-beards, burkas, men in long weird white frocks. Let us do something about that. Let us start to reconquer our streets, and ensure that the Netherlands will look like the Netherlands again. Those headscarves are a true sign of oppression of women, of subjugation, of conquest. It is a symbol of an ideology that is out there to colonize us. Therefore: it is time for a big spring-cleaning of our streets. If our new Dutch citizens want so badly to show their love for that seventh-century desert ideology, then they should rather comfortably do that in a Muslim country, but not here, not in our country.


Madam Chairman, this country has an excise tax on petrol and diesel, it has parking permits and a dog-tax, it has an airline ticket tax and has a packaging tax, so why not tax the headscarf? A Head Rag Tax. Just pick up a license once a year and immediately pay for it in cash. €1000 a year [$1500] seems like a tidy sum to me. Then we will finally get some money back out of what has cost us so much. I would say: the polluter has to pay. My question: is the government prepared to introduce a headscarf-tax?

Madam Chairman, the government refuses to tell the citizen what mass immigration and the presence of non-Western immigrants costs us. The government refused to answer our questions on this. Fortunately we know approximately what this joke costs us. The Dutch weekly Elsevier did a calculation and came up with over two hundred billion euros. To be precise: 216 billion euros [$318 billion]. For this year alone that already means nearly 13 billion euros [$20 billion].

But, Madam Chairman, this government does not want to know it. “For we aren’t going to calculate how much the elderly cost us, either,” the government says. How is it we do not know how much an elderly person costs? Someone in a nursing home costs €165 a day, a prisoner €192 and a TBSer €476 euros. But when it comes to the electoral cattle of the Socialist Party [PvdA] then suddenly it is: all eyes closed and all peckers tight. Then the truth has to remain under the hood. When it comes to immigration, that information suddenly almost seems a state secret. And this while immigration is the result of government policy, the result of the decision to open the locks wide.

Madam Chairman, The Netherlands has approximately one million Muslims. Many of them are immigrants. And none of those really came over here out of love for the Netherlands. They did not really come en masse to the Netherlands because they find it such a fabulous country with all those unbelievers, all those kaffirs. What did they come over for then? Well, for state benefits, for instance. And before you attack me on this, I am not the only one who says this. GreenLeft MP Tofik Dibi recently said that young people in Morocco view the Netherlands as a utopia where you can get free benefits. A takeaway counter for free money, as I understand it. In short, they come here out of an economic calculation. Over there penniless, here a fat benefit.

Madam Chairman, is it such a surprise then, that we start to wonder how much that leftist hobby costs us? That we carry out an economic calculation? If they do it, why can’t we? The message of the government is: you pay and you shut up, and you know what? The immigration party must go on, you just are going to enjoy working two years longer for it [past your pension year]. Two years of toiling and sweating, to finance Islamization. What a vision!

The government remains silent over those costs and sets aside the Constitution because of it. The PVV will reward that tomorrow with a vote of mistrust. We will also start an investigation ourselves. All of the Netherlands is very welcome to contribute their ideas. What do we have to count for it? What items have we forgotten? How much does mass immigration cost us? Everyone will soon be able to go to the new website [what-does-mass-immigration-cost]. Coming soon. We will do our own research or we will subcontract it.

Madam Chairman, all the money that mass immigration is costing us we can use in much better ways. For example, for our own elderly. Hands off the AOW [state pension]. We do not accept that there will be reductions of the AOW. What an antisocial proposal! What nonsense too: of the 63- and 64-year olds, less than 15% are working now. According to us those people do not have to trudge an extra two years longer [until 67]. The people on the street know what the problem is. They can tell you exactly. They know that mass immigration is the problem. That cost us at least 216 billion in the past forty years. Government, don’t get it into your heads to cut 4 billion of the AOW.

So do not get it in your heads to send the bill to the common man. Everyone should just be able to retire at 65. Our proposal is: close the borders to the fortune seekers from Muslim countries. This provides us with billions that we can make good use of for the defense of the AOW.

We stand at a crossroads: do we opt for more mass immigration or do we choose for our own elderly? The Party for Freedom chooses for our elderly.

Madam Chairman, sound economic policy starts with lower taxes. These are necessary for the first steps on the road to a better Netherlands, and that can already be done next year. Therefore we created a counter-budget proposal. In 2010 we start with a cut of seven billion on leftist hobbies and subsidies. With this we lower the income tax in the second level [tax on income and property and for social security “insurances”, now circa 42%] by 3%. This means not a few euros less [like in the government budget], but a few hundred euros more for an average family. Many people therefore will have more money in their pockets. We also reduce the deficit by over one billion euros, so we budget one billion extra for care [like old pensioners’ houses] and will finally return the stolen “quarter of Kok” [temporary extra petrol tax of 25 cents, introduced by Socialist Finance Minister Wim Kok in 1991 to help budget cuts, and which became permanent] at the gas station. And from the PVV, no cuts in the police budget. Not a penny. We will completely annul the irresponsible cuts by this government on the police.

And, apart from tax reduction, we have to other plans to plans to slightly soften where possible the economic crisis. Two plans to boost the economy. First: we cut the property transfer tax in half [tax on house sales, circa 6-8% of the sale price]. That will make the housing market slowly start up again, because buying a house becomes cheaper.

Second: we boost job creation by temporarily making labor cheaper. The PVV budgets 320 million euros to help people who lost their jobs get on a faster track to a job in the private sector. We scrap the social security charges for one year for employers who take on people from unemployment. This enables 100,000 people who could no longer have jobs because of the crisis to get back to work faster! 100,000 people! Chairman, this seems to me — during the biggest job losses since the Second World War — many times more effective than to continue to allow hordes of Polish workers in, as the government does.

The government is preparing itself for the biggest reductions ever. “All political taboos are open for discussion,” said Wouter Bos [Vice PM and Finance Minister, Socialist], the man who has embellished the bankers with many billions and now wants the common man to pay the bill. Chairman, the financial policies of this government are indefensible; I understand that the financial spokesman for the Socialist Party [PvdA], Mr. Tang, has really done everything he could not to have a debate about that.

Madam Chairman, Monsieur Bos should finally begin with his own leftist tough meat. And keep your hands off the care, the police, and education. It will not be easy to address your own constituency, but it can be done. Madam Chairman, cut that leftist public broadcaster, minimize the contribution to the European Union, stop those arts-subsidies, stop — except for emergency aid — this crazy development aid, and no expensive JSF aircraft.


Madam Chairman, crime must be taken on much harder. The Netherlands should be reconquered, street by street, neighborhood by neighborhood, beach party by beach party. With officers who act rock-hard against criminals instead of issuing speeding fines for driving a few miles too fast, as ordered by people from above.[V2] Madam Chairman, the scum who is caught by the scratch also has to receive real penalties. Thus longer behind bars. Never again a community service or a low prison sentence for rape. Moroccan street terrorists we must pick up. We must take them on rock-hard.

Madam Chairman, in our new Netherlands, the heaviest punishment will be imprisonment, and therefore not in the nursing homes. The nurses are really kind there, but there are not enough of them, therefore, among other things, we want one billion extra for care. A 24-hour diaper replaces the toilet at the moment, there is no time for a daily shower. To have a cigarette, the elderly — often with wheelchair and all — have to be carted outside. But they often have not been outside for days, for weeks. They even have to pay extra for having their clothes washed, and a biscuit with your coffee? That is often something of the past.

No such thing for the criminals though. They have it much better in prison. They are entitled to go outside one hour each day, they have the right to recreation and to sport. Clothing, shoes? Absolutely free. Prison cells are full of smoke, because they are allowed to smoke in there. They have more guards per inmate than there are nurses for the elderly.

The PVV proposal is crystal clear. Older people must have it much better than prisoners. But now it is the other way round. That has to change, and I would like to see the Prime Minister respond to that. Give our elderly in the nursing homes more rights than prisoners, and take away the luxuries for those villains in prison. No game computers, no TVs anymore, no halal food, no sport and recreation. Let them feel they are criminals. And spoil our elderly. Give them at least as many attendants as there are guards in prison. Give our elderly the right to have a shower every day, to go out every day, to have a smoke in their own rooms. Madam President, it does not seem too much to ask that the people who had to eat tulip bulbs in the famine winter [1944-45], who worked on the rebuilding of the Netherlands after the war — that these people may have a better deal than burglars, rapists, and murderers.

Because of such abusive situations, the PVV wants to mount the barricades. The government occasionally also gets furious, but for other reasons. The [Socialist] Home Secretary Ter Horst, just before the summer, called for a true revolt. A revolt by whom? Well, a rebellion by the elite! Has a Dutch minister has ever before said anything so bizarre? Miss Ter Horst deluded herself that she was the Che Guevara of the Binnenhof [parliament buildings in the Hague]. Above-average of all countries, unite! You have nothing to lose but your side jobs.

Madam Chairman, I conclude. The Netherlands would look so much better without this government[1]. Richer. Safer. More social. And above all: more Dutch. The elite is dreaming their sweet pink dreams, but the people are not crazy. The people, who have been betrayed for decades, will no longer take it. Change is in the air. Hope glimmers on the horizon. You can taste it everywhere. There is no stopping it. Everybody sees it. Except the people in that little car, in the dead of night, somewhere in the middle of the woods. Stuck in the loose sand. The battery is dead. It is pitch dark and dead quiet. A dog urinates against a front wheel. Van der Laan eat his last bun with halal meat. It cannot last much longer. The wild animals already smell their cold sweat. Nobody dares to say anything. Wouter [Bos] hides his eyes of fear behind his — expense-account — RayBan sunglasses.[2]

They are all lost. Nobody cares for them anymore. The silence is only disturbed by the little GPS that says to this government “You have arrived at your destination”.

It is time for elections!


Posted on 09/18/2009 11:42 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 18 September 2009
Jedi ejected from Tesco for wearing hood

The founder of the Star Wars-inspired Jedi faith has accused Tesco of religious discrimination after he was banned from wearing a hood in one of its stores.
Daniel Jones, 23, who created the International Church of Jediism, claims he was “victimised over his beliefs” by staff at the supermarket in Bangor, North Wales.
Mr Jones, also known by his Jedi name Morda Hehol, told The Sun: "I told them it was a requirement of my religion but they just sniggered and ordered me to leave. I walked past a Muslim lady in a veil. Surely the same rules should apply to everyone."
The handbook of the UK Jedi Church, founded by the Star Wars fan last year, states: "Jedis must wear a hood up in any public place of a large audience."
Store wars ... Daniel Jones in his Jedi hoodDaniel added: "It was discrimination. I was really upset. Nobody should be treated like that. I'll advise worshippers to boycott Tesco if it happens again. They will feel the Force."
A Tesco spokesman said: "Jedi are very welcome to shop in our stores although we would ask them to remove their hoods. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Luke Skywalker all went hoodless without going to the Dark Side. 
"If Jedi walk around our stores with their hoods on, they’ll miss lots of special offers."


Posted on 09/18/2009 2:18 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Friday, 18 September 2009
Saudi gets 5 years' probation for housemaid abuse

Another case of Saudi maid abuse.  From the Saudi Gazette:

OHIO – A Saudi man has been given five years’ probation, a part of which requires the payment of $143,000, for abusing the contract terms of an Indonesian woman he hired as a housemaid.

The $143,000 is not a penalty, it is simply what he owes her for the work she did.  And he won't spend a day in jail.   Why shouldn't he force her to work without paying her?  What exactly is the downside?


“The accused is also involved in another case of violating US immigration law,” Abdul Rahman Al-Shaye’, the Saudi Consul General in Houston, Ohio, told Okaz newspaper. “He stayed in the country longer than his visa permitted even though the period of his wife’s medical treatment had ended.”

Posted on 09/18/2009 9:41 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Friday, 18 September 2009
U.S. to sell $1 billion worth of Patriot missiles to Turkey

But don't worry, it's much less than the $7.8 billion worth that they were planning on spending.  From Today's Zaman in Turkey:

Turkey's possible purchase of Patriot missile systems from the United States would cost $1 billion, not a previously quoted figure of $7.8 billion, the Turkish military said in its weekly briefing on Friday. The US administration has notified Congress of a possible sale of Patriot PAC-3 anti-missile batteries and related equipment to Turkey, the only NATO ally bordering Iran.

“The price of the missile system has been put at $7.8 billion, but the real price is $1 billion, and this has a payback period of six years,” Major General Ferit Güler, head of the General Staff's communication department, told reporters. The sale to Turkey would include 13 Patriot “fire units,” 72 PAC-3 missiles and a range of associated hardware for ground-based air defense, the Pentagon announced last week.

Yet, Güler said Turkey is only planning to buy four anti-missile batteries, thus the price would not be $7.8 billion as reported.

“As claimed, these missiles are not against a certain country. They are mobile and can be used on every front. From wherever an air force and missile threat comes, these defense missiles will be moved to that particular region for deterrence and defense,” Güler also said.

Will these missiles in Turkey, like the weapons sold to Pakistan supposedly to fight jihadis in Waziristan, end up being re-deployed in use against the guillible kufrs?

Whether Turkey will buy the US-made Patriots or other systems is also not yet clear. On Monday, the Secretariat-General of the Defense Ministry announced that the US offer was still under consideration as part of an ongoing international tender to acquire long-range air and missile-defense systems. The China National Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation (CPMIEC) and Russia's Rosoboronexport are also in the tender.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu said on Friday that the possible missile sale to Turkey was not in response to a threat from neighbors but part of a drive to modernize the country's armed forces. Turkey has good relations with Iran, a country the United States sees as a possible threat. Turkey also shares land borders with Georgia, Bulgaria, Greece, Iraq and Syria.

Arming of Dar al-Islam by the West is a time-honored tradition with a consistent record of unintended consequences.

Posted on 09/18/2009 11:47 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Friday, 18 September 2009
Duh duh duh duuuuuh

Beethoven's Fifth visualised: 

Here is a chart mapping the colours to the instruments.

Kandinsky and Nabokov might see it differently. Either way, those colours smell nice.


Posted on 09/18/2009 12:38 PM by Mary Jackson

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