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These are all the Blogs posted on Thursday, 27, 2011.
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Oriundi (In Italian)

From Corriere della Sera:

First the Mafia, and now Jersey Shore:

 

In Italia i «truzzi» di «Jersey Shore»

I tamarri italoamericani della serie che fa ascolti record negli Usa gireranno nel nostro Paese alcune puntate

Protestano le associazioni dei connazionali negli Usa: «Caricature che ci danneggiano»

In Italia i «truzzi» di «Jersey Shore»

I tamarri italoamericani della serie che fa ascolti record negli Usa gireranno nel nostro Paese alcune puntate

 

Nicole Polizzi, alias Snooki, una delle protagoniste di «Jersey Shore» (Ansa)
Nicole Polizzi, alias Snooki, una delle protagoniste di «Jersey Shore» (Ansa)
MILANO - Arrivano i truzzi: Snooki; Mike «The Situation»; Pauly D; Jenni «Jwoww»; Ronnie; Angelina e gli altri protagonisti della popolare serie-reality, Jersey Shore, traslocano oltreoceano. Saranno in Italia a primavera per girare gran parte della quarta stagione. Una scelta che ha fatto infuriare gli italo-americani. Con le grandi (e potenti) organizzazioni salite sulle barricate: «E' uno show irresponsabile che danneggia non solo gli italiani, ma tutti gli americani». Intanto il programma trash fa record d'ascolti.

SULLA RIVIERA ROMAGNOLA - Dopo aver trascorso una stagione a Miami i giovani italo-americani del New Yersey tornano a casa dei loro antenati. Nei prossimi mesi sarà infatti girata in Italia la quarta edizione dello show di Mtv. Per ora non è stata decisa la location, anche se alcune fonti vicine alla produzione dicono che gli otto bellocci (4 maschi e 4 femmine) potrebbero sbarcare nel tempio delle discoteche estive della Riviera Romagnola. Non è però esclusa una tappa in Sicilia, a Taormina, Siracusa, Agrigento, Cefalù e Marsala; a Viareggio; nelle Cinque Terre e magari pure a Borgio Verezzi, vicino a Savona, uno dei borghi liguri più belli. Certo i guidos e le guidettes presenteranno al pubblico americano non solo l'Italia da cartolina, ma gonfieranno a più non posso quegli stereotipi più triti e beceri del popolo italico. Infatti: i ragazzi del programma parlano male l'inglese (sono italo-americani di seconda e terza generazione), si ubriacano perennemente, sono volgari, maleducati e discutono esclusivamente di macchine, sesso, abbronzatura, depilazione, trucco, tatuaggi, muscoli. Già sono volati schaffoni, pugni e parole grosse. Una delle protagoniste più celebri, Nicole «Snooki» Polizzi - 23 anni, è stata arrestata per disturbo alla quiete pubblica mentre, ubriaca, stava girando in spiaggia.

 

Il cast del telefilm
Il cast del telefilm
ITALIANI «BUFFONI» E «BIMBOS» - L'immagine proposta dal programma è talmente sopra le righe, talmente caricaturale, che le proteste sono arrivate fin dalla prima puntata, nel dicembre del 2009. E si sono riaccese nelle ultime ore a seguito della scelta di registrare l'ultima serie in Italia. «È una vergogna», tuona sulla Fox Joseph V. Del Raso, presidente della Niaf, la National Italian American Foundation. «Danneggia l'immagine di tutti gli americani, non solo degli italoamericani. C'è una curiosità perversa nel voler guardare lo show, ma sappiamo che il buon gusto degli italiani riconoscerà immediatamente questo genere di programma per quello che è», ha sottolineato. L'associazione del New Jersey, Unico, (il nome deriva dalle iniziali delle parole inglesi unità, buon vicinato, integrità, carità e opportunità) che si presenta come «la comunità degli italo-americani più grande degli Usa» ha chiesto a Mtv di ritirare il programma, definendolo un esempio di «tv spazzatura». «La gente una volta andava al circo per vedere il freak-show, questo sarà lo show», ha spiegato un portavoce, rimarcando: «Il comportamento oltraggioso e riprovevole dei protagonisti ci farà sembrare dei buffoni e dei bimbos (degli stupidi ndr)».
 

RECORD D'ASCOLTI - A ruota hanno espresso disapprovazione, a suon di comunicati, anche le altre associazioni, tra cui l'Italian Heritage & Culture Committee; la Coalition of Italian American Organization di Westchester; l'Italian American Political Coalition. E persino le donne della National Organization of Italian American Women che, per bocca della sua fondatrice, Aileen Riotto Sirey, dice: «Non sono sicura cosa sia più patetico: lo show in sè o quelli che lo guardano». Insomma, la trasferta nel Belpaese sarà un brutto rospo da ingoiare per i tanti detrattori. Le puntate del viaggio in Europa verranno trasmesse in autunno negli Usa. Da noi partirà a marzo su Mtv la terza stagione inedita, terza stagione che, dal debutto qualche settimana fa in America, ha già toccato nuovi record d'ascolti. La puntata del 20 gennaio ha registrato 8,9 milioni di telespettatori.

 

Posted on 01/27/2011 8:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Moscow airport bomb: suicide bombers were part of squad trained in Pakistan

From The Telegraph

The two suicide bombers who carried out the Moscow attack were thought to be part of a suicide squad trained in Pakistan's al-Qaeda strongholds sent to the capital to target the city's transport system.

Russian security services warned in December that there were two attack teams primed to carry out attacks, sparking fears there could still be terrorists at large who were prepared to carry out another attack.

Intelligence sources said that one of the squads was likely to have established a base, at a house in Moscow, where the suicide belts to be used in attacks were assembled.

Russian security sources said yesterday that a male and female suicide bomber from the Black Widow brigades had carried out the bombing together. (the) bomb ... was carried by a woman who mingled in the crowd at arrivals. She then either set the bomb off herself or someone else detonated it using a remote-control device The attack had been closely supervised by three accomplices, who had watched from a distance and are now being sought by the authorities.

An eyewitness said the woman had been dressed in black and had worn a veil, suggesting she may have been a 'Black Widow' suicide bomber from the North Caucasus region

"The explosion occurred the moment the presumed female suicide bomber opened her bag," the security source told the RIA Novosti news agency. "The terrorist was accompanied by a man. He was standing beside her and (the blast) tore off his head."

The memo (to Moscow Police) said the team had spent time in Pakistan and Iran and that one of the women had a relative with a flat in Moscow that might be used as a bomb making factory. Another group of five Islamist militants trained in Pakistan was also expected to cross into Russia soon, it added.

An al-Qaeda linked website said that the group Islamic Caucasus Emirate, led by the rebe Doku Umarov, was poised to claim it had staged the attack. It said that Russia's harsh military measures against independence activists in the Caucasus had provoked the attack. It said: "You disbelievers are the firewood of Hell. You will enter it."

Posted on 01/27/2011 1:32 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Ethnic Russian Islamist wanted for Moscow blast - report

Reuters via Yahoo news

Security forces are searching for an ethnic Russian member of a North Caucasus Islamist group suspected of involvement in the Moscow airport bombing which killed 35, a leading daily reported on Thursday.  

The daily Kommersant, citing unnamed security sources, said the wanted man was named Razdobudko and a resident of the Stavropol province, which borders on provinces of the North Caucasus inhabited by mostly Muslim non-Russian ethnic minorities.    It said Razdobudko was believed to be a member of the Nogai Jamaat, an insurgent group based in Dagestan, a province at the heart of a growing Islamist insurgency fuelled by two post-Soviet separatist wars in neighbouring Chechnya. 

The insurgency has attracted few ethnic Russians, but some switched sides during the second war between federal forces and Chechen separatists a decade ago. Ethnic Russian members of Islamist groups have been blamed for previous attacks.

The Nogai Jamaat, or Nogai Group, was responsible for a New Year's Eve suicide bomb plot in Moscow, Kommersant said, that was foiled when a cellphone text message detonated the female attacker's bomb prematurely, killing her in her apartment.

The Nogai region is in northern Dagestan, close to Stavropol. Dagestan is the site of frequent attacks. A car bomb blast late on Wednesday killed four people and injured three others outside a cafe in the Dagestan town of Khasavyurt, near the border with Chechnya, authorities said. 

Posted on 01/27/2011 3:40 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Stackelbeck on Terror: The Farhud-the Nazi Arab Massacre in Baghdad

The current pogroms against Assyrian Chaldeans Christians in Iraq  have been said to have their precdent in The Farhud, the two day massacre or pogrom of Baghdad's Jews in June, 1941, Erick Stakelbeck  CBN's premier terrorism analyst has this engrossing interveiw with author Edwin Black of his new book The Farhud; The roots of the Arab -Nazi alliance in the Holocaust., which translated from the Arabic means, "violent dispossession". Iraq's large Jewish community had been in Mesopotamia since the Bablyonian exile- more than a millenia before the creation of Islam.  After the pact of Omar, Jews and Christians  throughout  Muslim realms were dhmmi-subjugated people forced to pay the hated jizya poll tax and suffer other forms of humiliation. Author Black gives the history of Islam's hatred and dispossession of the Jews from Arabia  beginning with the massacre by Mohammed  of Jews in Yathrib, a largely Jewish town that Mohammed seized and renamed Medina,  after beheading all Jewish males, raping or forceably marrying jewish women and enslaving children.  He chronicles the medieval treatment of Jews leading up to the Arab riots in Palestine during the mandate period in the 1920's and 1930's and the horrific Massacres at the Wailing Wall and Hebron in 1929 orchestrated by the Haj Amin al Husseini on the pretext that Jews had violated shariah.  He notes that following the early rebuff of Arab leaders seeking favor with the new Nazi government in Berlin in 1933 because they were Semites, Hitler relented, and formed an alliance with the Arab Muslims in 1936, whom to this day admired the Nazi Party and Hitler. Hitler is still a popular name given to young Muslim boys in Egypt and other Arab countries. Black discusses  the Mufti's wartime sojourn in Berlin as Hitler's House guest, following his flight from Iraq and the Farhud. Hussein was involved in the Nazi style putsch by the al Nuri government in Irag against the British Authoritirs. During his stay as Hitler's house guest in Berlin during WWI,  he sponsored Waffen SS units in Bosnia, Albania and liberated areas of the Caucasus that were involved in heinous anti-Jewish and anti-Serb massacres in what was former Yugoslavia, often in concert with the Utashi fascist militia in Croatia. The Grand Mufti also visited several Nazi death camps including Auschwitz promoting the extermination of Jews to prevent them from rescue and repatriation to Palestine. The discussion climaxes with the event of the Farhud and the barbarism that took the lives of several hundred Jews until British authorities could gain control.

Watch this engrossing CBN  interview by Erick Stakelbeck with Edwin Black, author of The Farhud:The roots of the Arab Nazi alliance in the Holocaust:.

Posted on 01/27/2011 1:22 AM by Jerry Gordon
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Controversial Muslim cleric is arrested while sneaking into the U.S.
Posted on 01/27/2011 2:30 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 27 January 2011
A maths problem for the modern age.

This is from The Telegraph last week.

Children are to be taught about homosexuality in maths, geography and science lessons as part of a Government-backed drive to "celebrate the gay community".

Among the suggestions are: Maths – teaching statistics through census findings about the number of homosexuals in the population, and using gay characters in scenarios for maths problems;

When I was at school solving maths problems John and Jane always seemed to buy and share an inordinate amount of carrots and onions, consumption of which kept their father Tom fit and well to dig ditches and cut hedges across the length and breadth of England with nary a day off sick to complicate the calculation.

My daughter’s junior school maths problems always involved a motley and diverse cast of young people.

Amir has six apples and Li has 8 plums (fruit – very healthy, thus also promoting healthy eating and the 5 a day policy). They each share half their fruit equally with Ludmilla and Ola. How many plums does Ola receive?

Does Ludmilla get the pip over her half an apple?

It occurs to me that as the authorities refuse to actually show the Dangerous Loverboy film, made specifically to warn young girls against the blandishments of Muslim men, use could be made of the GCSE maths syllabus.

Ahmed and Ali have four bottles of cheap lager. They lace two bottles with soporific drugs and give them to Ruby and Ellie. They then exchange the girls with their Cousin Mohammed for a fifth hand BMW.

Calculate the money Ahmed and Ali save by not taxing or insuring the BMW.

Mohammed installs the girls in a room behind the Pimporama Nite Klub and Bar. If £N is the price for each girl and H is the number of punters a night calculate his prophet before Ruby’s mum persuades the police to take action and the girls are rescued.

How much should Mohamed, Ahmed and Ali have set aside for their getaway flight back to Islamabad while on bail?

Calculate the emotional and physical cost to the girls of rape, sexual abuse, drug abuse, humiliation, loss of trust, loss of innocence, loss of childhood.

Answer. Incalculable.

Posted on 01/27/2011 4:30 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 27 January 2011
How Cold Is It?

It hasn't been this cold in these parts since the "Cold Tuesday" of 1815, when Ebenezer Smith's house burned down.

Posted on 01/27/2011 7:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 27 January 2011
A Musical Interlude: Button Up Your Overcoat (Annette Hanshaw)

Listen here.

Posted on 01/27/2011 8:01 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 27 January 2011
How Traub Of The Times Describes The IHH, And Its Ties To The Erdogan Regime

From CAMERA:

IHH's Ties to Turkey's AKP Government

In the New York Times' feature this week on Turkey's Foreign Minister ("Turkey's Role in Middle East is Bolstered by Vision of Foreign Minister"), Ahmet Davutoglu insists that he did all he could to convince the IHH to cancel the departure of the Mavi Marmara, and reporter James Traub doesn't contradict him:

In the spring of 2010, a Turkish charitable organization, I.H.H., chartered the flotilla designed to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza. Davutoglu says that he tried to persuade the group not to sail and then asked the organizer of the flotilla to turn aside if Israel stopped the ships, as it was certain to do, and to offload the cargo at a port outside Gaza if necessary.

Taub describes Ankara's apparent orchestration of the Mavi Marmara's confrontation with Israeli forces as merely an Israeli "view." A report released today by the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC) details the close ties between IHH (described by Traub only as a Turkish charitable organization) and "the upper echelons of the Turkish regime," including the government's "logistical support" and "political-propaganda protection."

Posted on 01/27/2011 7:12 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Nabokov, And Giving Credit Where It Is Also Due: Kurt Johnson, Zsolt Balint, Dubi Benyamini, And Roger Vila

The other day I posted the N.Y.Times story about Nabokov and his speculations on the origins of, and connections between, certain species of butterflies found in South America. The story, by Carl Zimmer (no relation to the famous German* ),refers by name to only one person, the current curator of lepidoptera at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard, Naomi Pierce, the Hessel Professor of Entomology. 

The phrase "and her collaborators" is, however, used repeatedly in the article:

"Only in the 1990s did a team of scientists systematically review his work and recognize the strength of his classifications. Dr. Pierce, who became a Harvard biology professor and curator of lepidoptera in 1990, began looking closely at Nabokov’s work while preparing an exhibit to celebrate his 100th birthday in 1999. She was captivated by his idea of butterflies coming from Asia. “It was an amazing, bold hypothesis,” she said. “And I thought, ‘Oh, my God, we could test this.’ ”

To do so, she would need to reconstruct the evolutionary tree of blues, and estimate when the branches split. It would have been impossible for Nabokov to do such a study on the anatomy of butterflies alone. Dr. Pierce would need their DNA, which could provide more detail about their evolutionary history.

Working with American and European lepidopterists, Dr. Pierce organized four separate expeditions into the Andes in search of blues. Back at her lab at Harvard, she and her colleagues sequenced the genes of the butterflies and used a computer to calculate the most likely relationships between them. They also compared the number of mutations each species had acquired to determine how long ago they had diverged from one another.

There were several plausible hypotheses for how the butterflies might have evolved. They might have evolved in the Amazon, with the rising Andes fragmenting their populations. If that were true, the species would be closely related to each other.

But that is not what Dr. Pierce found. Instead, she and her colleagues found that the New World species shared a common ancestor that lived about 10 million years ago. But many New World species were more closely related to Old World butterflies than to their neighbors. Dr. Pierce and her colleagues concluded that five waves of butterflies came from Asia to the New World — just as Nabokov had speculated.

“By God, he got every one right,” Dr. Pierce said. “I couldn’t get over it — I was blown away.”

Dr. Pierce and her colleagues also investigated Nabokov’s idea that the butterflies had come over the Bering Strait. The land surrounding the strait was relatively warm 10 million years ago, and has been chilling steadily ever since. Dr. Pierce and her colleagues found that the first lineage of Polyommatus blues that made the journey could survive a temperature range that matched the Bering climate of 10 million years ago. The lineages that came later are more cold hardy, each with a temperature range matching the falling temperatures."

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 A comment appeared under the story's reposting at NER -- a comment that I assume will also be sent to The New York Times: :

"Some people have been asking whether any of the 1990's authors who published the books Nabokov's Blues, Nabokov's Butterflies etc. (which, among other things, supported the validity of Nabokov's classifications) participated in the current study.  The answer is yes; Kurt Johnson (Nabokov's Blues), Zsolt Balint, and Dubi Benyamini are among the co-authors of the current study."

Johnson's dignfiied and laconic comment reminds us -- and the world should be reminded -- that the phrase "and her colleagues" should have been used more sparingly, and at least once, or twice, in the Times article, credit ought to have been given to Kurt Johnson, Zsolt Balint, and Dubi Benyamini.  And there may  be others (whose names one assumes are  on the paper that appeared in the British journal) similarly scanted, who should also have been mentioned in the article. And it's not only a question of names, but of the work accomplished, by whom, and exactly when. Johnson drily notes that the books -- Nabokov's Blues, Nabokov's Butterflies --   published in the 1990s "supported the validity of Nabokov's classifications." But the ordinary reader would not know this and, from the Times account, would come away believing that everything happened as a result of these expeditions organized by the curator of lepidoptera and  funded, I presume,  by the deep-pocketed MCZ with possibly some help from a trusts-and-estates lawyer, a Nabokov admirer, in New York.

There is a story here, about science journalism, and giving proper credit to all involved, by explaining exactly who studied what, and when, and how.

I hope someone follows through, and writes it, and such a study might be used in courses in science journalism -- why, might even be posted on the bulletin board at the Lippmann House, 1 Francis Avenue, home of the Nieman Fellowship, just a block from Oxford Street. . Naomi Pierce was not, of course, in any way responsible -- and very likely is mortified (and no doubt will try to have the other names added in some kind of follow-up, or perhaps will write a letter)  -- that the Times story gave the impression that she was the main, the senior investigator,  while all others fade into the background as "her collaborators." At least three  of those "collaborators" -- Kurt Johnson, Zsolt Balint, and Dubi Benyamini -- it is clear, started this work long before she, and the Harvard-funded expeditions, got involved. And the lead author of the just-published paper was, I have just learned.  Roger Vila.

 

 

 

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*That is, famous among those who write about Nabokov. I am referring to Dieter E.Zimmer, a Nabokov scholar, the author of a well-known bibliography of Nabokov's writiings and the editor of his collected works in German.

 

 

Posted on 01/27/2011 8:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 27 January 2011
A Musical Interlude: Brazilian Cruiser (Alexander Vertinsky)

Connections between  Russia and South America have been in the news recently.

But such linkage occurs every time I post a link to a certain song.

Listen here.

Posted on 01/27/2011 10:31 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Home Office silent over Fatwa threat to Home Secretary in Tooting

From The Wandsworth Guardian

The Home Office today declined to comment on posters which have been put up in Tooting issuing a Fatwa on Theresa May.

The Western-style wanted posters claim the Fatwa - a term sometimes used to mean an Islamic death sentence imposed upon a person - is “for the abduction, kidnapping and false imprisonment” of various radical clerics.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Tooting Islamic Centre (TIC) criticised the posters, which have been plastered on phone boxes, bus shelters and even the town’s message board, close to Tooting Broadway Tube station. “The TIC is not aware of the makers, and are not in any way associated with this leaflet. TIC condemns the use of such language and incitement.”

The posters direct the reader to a professionally-made website - theresamayfatwa.co.

It was initially thought the posters were only plastered on phone boxes and bus shelters in Tooting town centre - but it appears the person or persons responsible have targeted other areas. . . Posters . . .  have now been spotted in Balham, it has emerged.

A spokesman for Wandsworth Council said it was operating a no tolerance policy and treating the posters “as graffiti”.

The national newspaper the Daily Mail now has the story.

The group which issued the posters, Theresamayfatwa.com, said it is planning to hold a press conference in Central London next week to explain the details of the fatwa. Abu Bakr, a 27-year-old adult learning teacher and spokesman for the group, denied the fatwa was a physical threat against the Home Secretary.

'What we want to do is ask Muslims if a situation like this is allowed in Islam? Should we vote for someone like Theresa May and what relationship should we have with a government like this.

    

I don't think they can seriously claim that Roshonara Choudary who stabbed and nearly murdered her MP Stephen Timm last year was 'innocent', although I know the Islamic definition of the word is not everyone's.

Posted on 01/27/2011 12:22 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 27 January 2011
A Mozart's-Birthday Musical Interlude

You know who I mean. The guy after whom those marizpan-filled kugeln are named. The one they made that movie about. That guy.

Listen here.

Posted on 01/27/2011 12:49 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 27 January 2011
International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Its observation, so I read on the Internet,  has been cancelled in New York -- and at the U.N. -- because of the weather.

But you can observe this  day without going anywhere. You have only to read, and take in, this:

 

What chatty Madam Shpolyanski mentioned had conjured up Mira’s image with unusual force. This was disturbing. Only in the detachment of an incurable complaint, in the sanity of near death, could one cope with this for a moment. In order to exist rationally, Pnin had taught himself, during the last ten years, never to remember Mira Belochkin–not because, in itself, the evocation of a youthful love affair, banal and brief, threatened his peace of mind... but because, if one were quite sincere with oneself, no conscience, and hence no consciousness, could be expected to subsist in a world where such things as Mira’s death were possible. One had to forget–because one could not live with the thought that this graceful, fragile, tender young woman with those eyes, that smile, those gardens and snows in the background, had been brought in a cattle car to an extermination camp and killed by an injection of phenol into the heart, into the gentle heart one had heard beating under one’s lips in the dusk of the past. And since the exact form of her death had not been recorded, Mira kept dying a great number of deaths in one’s mind, and undergoing a great number of resurrections, only to die again and again, led away by a trained nurse, inoculated with filth, tetanus bacilli, broken glass, gassed in a sham shower-bath with prussic acid, burned alive in a pit on a gasoline-soaked pile of beechwood. According to the investigator Pnin had happened to talk to in Washington, the only certain thing was that being too weak to work (though still smiling, still ble to help other Jewish women), she was selected to die and was cremated only a few days after her arrival in Buchenwald, in the beautifully wooded Grosser Ettersberg, as the region is resoundingly called."

 

I wrote down much of this from memory, but in the end realized I would have to fish up the rest with a google-line, and so I did. My memory is not quite what it once was. In this case it does not  matter. Thousands, even millions, even tens of millions, should commit to their memories as much of this passage from Pnin as they can or, if they cannot or will not learn this passage, than they should commit to memory something else on this theme,  to hold onto and think upon, and not only on those days when there is heavy weather, and you can't get to, or have no desire to attend, a formal ceremony.

 

 

Posted on 01/27/2011 12:25 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Watch Out For That Particular Vox Clamantis In Deserto

The Iranian book found lying in the Arizona desert -- "In Memory ff Our Martyrs" celebrates Muslim suicide bombers, the shahids, and this book should  not be confused with Foxes' s celebrated book of Christian martyrs. This is a book in praise of those who died committing murder, who murdered Infdiels, and the book was compiled to encourage other Muslims to emulate  the murderers. Foxe's Book of Martyres is about Christian martyrs, senso strictu, celebrated becaue they suffered and were often put to death for their faith. They murdered no one. The finding of this Iranian book  in praise of Islamic Shahids -- murderers of Infidels --  is likely to upset people in Arizona, just as it upsets you, and upsets me. And some of us live far from Arizona, don't we?

 

From ABC15:

Official: Book of suicide bombers found in Arizona desert

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PHOENIX - Officials have confirmed a book known for celebrating suicide bombers was found in the Arizona desert.

An official with the Department of Homeland Security told ABC15 a copy of "In Memory of Our Martyrs" was spotted Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol Agent working out of the Casa Grande substation who was "patrolling a route known for smuggling illegal immigrants and drugs."

"At this time, DHS does not have any credible information on terrorist groups operating along the Southwest border," an official said in a statement. "We work closely with our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities and as a matter of due diligence and law enforcement best practice, report anything found, no matter how significant or insignificant it may seem.”

According to FoxNews.com , the book is published in Iran and contains biographies of Islamic suicide bombers and other Islamic militants who died while carrying out their attacks.

Authorities believe the book had been there for at least several days, or weeks.

Posted on 01/27/2011 2:47 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Jonathan Tobin: Mind The Gap

Palestinian Terrorists Who Killed American Used Gap in Security Fence

Jonathan S. Tobin - 01.27.2011
 

Most accounts of the interaction between Israel and the Palestinians these days treat terrorism as largely a thing of the past. Yes, there are those nasty Hamas guys who run Gaza and shoot missiles over the border; but since the end of the terrorist war of attrition known as the second intifada, terrorism emanating from the West Bank has ceased to be much of a story. The reason for this is that strong Israeli countermeasures — of which the border security fence is the most important — have made it much harder for Palestinians to cross into Israel and kill Jews or those they think are Jews.

But there are still gaps in the barrier south of Jerusalem and it is apparently one of these that were used by Palestinian killers last month to murder one American woman and seriously wound another. Earlier this week, four Palestinians who are members of an independent West Bank terror cell were indicted for the crime. Thirteen men have been arrested in connection with this group. It is believed to be responsible for at least one other killing as well as rapes dating back to the summer of 2009.

The point here is not just the heinous nature of this crime, which was apparently committed simply because these Palestinians decided they wanted to kill some Jews that day. The hikers who fell into their hands were not Jewish but American Christians who the killers thought were Jews. The main lesson here is that the fence, which is routinely denounced as a crime against Palestinians, has saved countless lives, and that the American, Kristine Luken, a 44-year-old Virginian who fell prey to this terror group’s murderous impulse, may have died in large part because the barrier is still not finished. Those “human rights” groups and other anti-Israel activists who believe the fence is wrong should ponder the fate of Luken and the many Israeli Jews who have been killed by Palestinian terror in the last decade. Were the fence to be taken down, as so many Israel-bashers demand, the cost in blood would be considerable.

Posted on 01/27/2011 4:35 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Fareed Zakaria knows who is responsible for Islamic violence

Why, it's the non-Muslim victims' fault, of course.  From Time.

[...]

By 1920, Lenin had invaded the region and brutally suppressed the independence movement and all subsequent revolts. But the problem did not go away, so Lenin's successor, Josef Stalin, applied an even more brutal solution. In 1944 he deported most of the Chechen population - nearly half a million people - to central Asia and burned their villages to the ground. Still, the Chechens retained their identity and national desires, so in the 1950s, Nikita Khrushchev allowed them to return to their homeland.

"But the problem did not go away..."  That's Zakaria's summation of the 1940's insurgency in Chechnya, in which the Chechens mobilized tens of thousands of guerillas to fight on the side of the Nazis, and thousands of Chechens showed their loyalty by deserting from the Soviet Army.  It's hard to find anyone to root for in that battle:  the Soviet Army under Stalin, or the Chechen jihadis fighting on the side of the Nazis.

[...]

As the once secular secessionist movement in Chechnya continued to be brutally suppressed, it became more extreme, taking help anywhere it could find it, including from Islamic extremists. Chechen groups, always fractious, fragmented and became uncontrollable. As Russia destroyed Chechnya's civil society, the place became a wasteland characterized by anarchy and gang warfare. And as tales of Russian brutality spread, Muslim warriors who were searching for jihad traveled to the Caucasus to do battle with the unbelievers. Muslim fundamentalists from Saudi Arabia and other countries have provided funds to some of these groups. Even today, despite the surface calm in Chechnya, Russia maintains a brutal reign of terror there and in its surrounding regions. Any signs of religious behavior are viewed with hostility.

"Any signs of religious behavior are viewed with hostility", and yet it is uniquely Muslims who are crashing planes and blowing up bombs throughout Russia.  Zakaria would like us to feel empathy for the Muslims who committed the 1995 Buddyonnovsk hospital attack that killed at least 130, the 1999 Moscow apartment bombings that killed 293, the 2002 Moscow theatre siege that killed over 160, and the 2004 Beslan massacre that killed at least 385, most of them schoolchildren.

[...]

Outside the Af-Pak region and Iraq, Islamic terrorism has not been able to strike with great force in recent years. Except in Russia. In fact, one could argue that the Russian government, far more than Osama bin Laden, has managed through its actions over the past two decades to create the largest and most active new center of Islamic terrorism in the world today.

What about the 2008 Mumbai attack in India that killed 164?  What about the 2005 attack on the London underground that killed 52?  What about the 2004 Madrid bombings that killed 191?  What about the 2003 Riyadh Compound bombings in Saudi Arabia that killed 26?  What about the 2003 Casablanca bombings that killed 41?  What about the 2003 Istanbul bombings that killed 57?  What about the 2001 attacks in New York that killed more than 3000?  What about constant on-going Sunni-on-Shi'ite violence, what about the Kashmir conflict?  Has Zakaria been paying any attention whatsoever to current events?

Who does Zakaria think he is fooling by claiming that only Russia has had Islamic terrorists attack in recent years?  In fact, one would be hard pressed to name any nation on any continent (other than Antarctica) that has NOT had an Islamic terrorist attack in recent years.  Terrorist attacks happen in direct proportion to the number of Muslims nearby.  Russia borders the Muslim-majority regions of the Caucasus, therefore Russia has a higher proportion of Islamic attacks than say, Sweden.  Islam's borders have always been bloody.

Russia did not create Islamic terrorism or Islamic terrorists.  Islam did.  Russia has tried to deal with Islamic terrorism in an imperfect way, in ways that I would not support.  But the victims of Islamic violence are not responsible for Islamic violence.  The perpetrators are.

And Zakaria's smiling "moderate Muslim" mask has slipped.

Posted on 01/27/2011 3:26 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Letters Confirm What Many In The Upper Valley Already Knew About Salinger

Salinger’s letters tell of trip to Niagara Falls

 Jan 27 2011In this image made available by the University of East Anglia, Donald Hartog and J.D. Salinger, right, pose together in London in 1989, when they met for the first time since 1938.

In this image made available by the University of East Anglia, Donald Hartog and J.D. Salinger, right, pose together in London in 1989, when they met for the first time since 1938.

Even the supposedly reclusive J.D. Salinger was impressed by Niagara Falls, but the famous author of The Catcher in the Rye didn’t like the tacky shops surrounding the natural wonder.

The 1990 trip to one of Canada’s most famous tourist attractions was one of the details in a cache of 50 letters and four postcards made public Thursday: the first anniversary of the author’s death at 91.

The letters have been donated to the University of East Anglia in Norfolk, England, but the Salinger Estate still holds the copyright and will not consent to their content being quoted, which is why we can’t tell you what Salinger thought of the Falls in his own words.

But Bridget Gillies, an archivist in the university’s library, sent a description of the letter’s contents.

“He writes of a short coach trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the side from which he thought they are best seen from. The bus trip was simple, regimented travel but easy and enjoyable,” wrote Gillies of the Dec. 5, 1990 trip.

“He didn’t much like the souvenir shops and lights, but liked the Falls themselves and remarked on the immense amount of water. He enjoyed the companionship of his fellow travellers, found them interesting and nice.”

The documents challenge Salinger’s image as a near-hermit holed up in his New England home, according to Christopher Bigsby, professor of American studies at the University of East Anglia.

Among the details revealed: Salinger liked Burger King hamburgers, watching tennis and claimed to always be writing new work.

“These letters show a completely different man,” Bigsby said. “This is a man who goes on (bus) parties to Nantucket or Niagara or the Grand Canyon, and enjoys chatting to people along the way.

“He goes to art galleries and theatre, and travels to London to see (Alan) Ayckbourn and (Anton) Chekhov plays. He was out and about.”

The letters were written to Donald Hartog, a Londoner who met Salinger in 1938 when both were teenagers in Vienna, sent by their families to learn German. They corresponded after returning home.

The pair wrote to one another during World War II — in which Salinger fought in the U.S. Army — but after a few years the friendship lapsed. Hartog’s daughter Frances said her father burned those early letters while clearing out the house before a move.

“He was decluttering. He said, ‘I looked at them and just thought, this guy’s not going anywhere.’”

Salinger became a celebrity when Catcher in the Rye was published in 1951.

Hartog reached his old friend after the publication of an unauthorized biography of Salinger in the 1980s. They began writing to one another regularly and, in 1989, Salinger travelled to Britain for Hartog’s 70th birthday.

Frances Hartog found the letters in a drawer after her father died in 2007. The family donated them to the University of East Anglia, which has well-regarded American studies and creative writing departments.

The university says it will make them available to researchers and members of the public on request.

Posted on 01/27/2011 5:10 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Florida Atlantic U. Muslim Professor Cops a Plea, Gets Reduced Sentence on Assault and Battery Charges

Florida Atlantic U (FAU) and Boca Raton Mosque Leader, Professor Bassem Alhalabi,  was given a reduced sentence after he pled guilty to assault and battery charges arising from an incident at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee on Muslim Capitol Day March 11th, 2010. Alhalabi accosted, in separate assaults, investigative journalist and chairman of Americans Against Hate, Joe Kaufman and videographer J. Mark Campbell of the Florida Security Council (FSC). He was then  arrested by Capitol police.  FSC had sponsored security briefings on March 10th and 11th regarding  the backgrounds and activities of Muslim Capitol Day sponsor, United Voices for America  (UVA)and its organizer, Ahmed Bedier of Tampa.  FSC and various Act for America Chapters also protested Muslim Capitol day events.

An FSC news release issued by plaintiff J. Mark Campbell notes the plea bargain that Alhalabi copped in Tallahassee, yesterday:

According to the States Prosecutor Tiffany Cruz Bassem Alhalabi took the plea for a reduced sentence of community service and the attendance of the court ordered anger management course.

The FSC release  details  Professor Alhalabi’s  own nefarious past and present affiliations with convicted felons engaged in support of terrorist activities in the US;

In June 2003, Alhalabi was found guilty of illegally shipping a $13,000 military-grade thermal imaging device to Syria. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) charged that, “Alhalabi caused the export of a thermal imaging camera to Syria in violation of the EAR. Thermal imaging cameras are controlled for export to Syria for national security, regional stability, and anti-terrorism reasons.”

In May 2007, Rafiq Sabir, a fellow member of Alhalabi's Islamic center, was also convicted of material support for al-Qaeda.

Alhalabi is a professor at Florida Atlantic University (FAU), a director and co-founder of the Islamic Center of Boca Raton (ICBR), co-author of a book with convicted terrorist Sami al-Arian, and a senior advisory member to United Voices for America (UVA) - the group Alhalabi was representing as a spokesperson during “Muslim Capitol Day 2010” in Tallahassee, FL.

United Voices for America (UVA) is headed by Ahmed Bedier, the former Executive Director of CAIR-Tampa and the former unofficial spokesman for Sami al-Arian. Bedier was present, during the attack on Campbell and has refused to comment on the incident pending additional civil legal action.

  

We were  present that day, engaged with FSC leaders and others  in briefings with the staff of former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, when shortly after the altercations occurred.  Watch this video of what happened during the episode with J. Mark Campbell.

Copping a plea  for a reduced sentence, in our opinion, is a veritable slap on the wrist.  At the least, the plaintiffs should demand a public apology from Professor Alhalabi and Ahmed Bedier of the UAV.  Both Kaufman and Campbell might confer with respective legal counsel as to whether civil damages charges might be filed against Alhalabi and UVA for violation of the plaintiffs First Amendment rights. Neither plaintiff had engaged Alhalabi, so neither he nor Bedier of UAV can allege that their presence as well as others in the FSC contingent in the Florida Capitol Rotunda was tantamount to a provocative act.  Both plaintiffs had cleared ahead of time with Capitol Police their attendance at UVA public sessions. Given future Muslim Capitol Dayu events, instructions should be issued by the Florida Capitol Police Chief that officers in the force should abide by the law permitting public access to public events held in the State Capitol.  Alhalabi’s conviction for assault and battery raises serious questions about his suitability as a tenured member of the FAU faculty in light of his unprovoked attack on the plaintiffs and uncontrollable anger.  Perhaps this is a matter worthy of consideration by the FAU academic administration.

Nonetheless, yesterday’s plea bargain is an admission of wrong doing by a Muslim Brotherhood activist and possible grounds for a civil action.  Our personal commendations to Messrs. Kaufman and Campbell for their courageous act of filing the original charges in this legal matter against Professor Alhalabi. Yesterday plea bargain, however minor, amounts to pushback against the agents of stealth Jihad

Posted on 01/27/2011 5:45 PM by Jerry Gordon
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Salinger Collection For Sale -- Serious Inquiries Only

Having just read about the attention that some letters and postcards written by Salinger to his friend Donald Hartog have caused, revealing what some describe as "another side" of the "reclusive" author, I have decided, most reluctantly, to part with my collection of letters and postcards from J. D. Salinger. If this were Sotheby's that collection would be described as the "Property of a Gentleman," though I'm no gentleman, but merely a pixel-stained wretch trying to raise money to buy time and space to put together a book on the burniing question  of the day.

Let me explain.

I met Salinger during the period when his first wife and two children lived on Elm Street, in Norwich, Vermont, and I lived catty-corner,  on the corner of Hopson Road and Elm, a hundred yards from Clare Salinger's house. Occasionally he would be in the neighborhood, picking up or dropping off (what or why or who I do not know) and on one of those occasions, as I was out for my constitutional, that I met him. I would walk down  Elm to Main Street, then turn right on East Main, and walk up to  Dan & Whit's, where I would stop to take a good look at what was offered on the bulletin board outside, and sometimes even drop in to buy an orange or an apple or a plum depending on the season, and then continue on down Main, taking the next left at Beaver Meadow Road, and then straight home -- save for sometimes stopping to stare into the brook if it were running - with  a slight left again which would bring me back to Hopson Road and, eventually, to where I started from. I was standing at that bulletin board, when I saw, in the distance, coming from the direction of the Norwich Elementary School, right on the village green, not then yet re-named after its then-principal,  the dedicated Miss Marion W. Cross, a lean lanky man, who looked an awful lot like J. D. Salinger. And it was J. D. Salinger. And as we both stood looking at the bulletin board, we somehow got to talking -- I can't remember who said what, but I think it had to do with getting a lawn-mower fixed, or perhaps a lawn mower hired, and for some reason he took a liking to me, and I to him, and we were off to the races. So our acquaintance -- I allow myself to believe I can call it a friendship -- started there, right outside Dan & Whit's.  And out of that friendship a correspondence developed. I did go to his own house in Cornish, of course, but not often. We didn't talk much on the phone. There were letters. And occasionally, from time to time, Jerry would also employ me, formally, for this task and for that. I once cleaned up a woodstove for him. Another time, when I helped out at one of his parties,  I remember how excited I was to meet both Judge Learned Hand and Professor Archibald Cox.

I've been in many lines of work and that  is exactly what Jerry needed -- a friendly, discreet jack of all trades. Perhaps you remember the Seeking Employment ad  I posted back on August 17, 2010 at this website (and for those taking an interest, I am, by the way, still looking): :

"I’ve been a waiter, a soda jerk, a lumberjack, a taxi driver, a taxidermist (my red-cheeked cordon-bleu has won prizes), a car hop, a bellhop, an usher, a wedding singer, a singing waiter, and a gandy dancer on the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe.  I’ve been a security guard, a lifeguard, a guardian ad litem, a landscape gardener, a funeral home attendant, a grave digger, a nightclub singer of songs about love, loss, and longing, a wheat farmer in central Iowa, and the editor of the four-volume correspondence of Braccio Poggiolini. And recently I’ve done something having to do with Pressing Topics of the Day, about which there is actually such a limited amount to say, that one must keep spicing up the material with a special secret blend of home-made rhetoric to make the subject interesting for oneself and for others. But as it is now going to be time to seek pastures or venues new or at least avenues leading away from the boulevard of broken dreams,  all reasonable suggestions and offers as to other employment – life coach, editor, spiritual advisor to a hedge fund operator are some that come to mind-- will be examined with appropriate gratitude. This is not a joke. There is no such thing right now as a joke. So feel free. I will be waiting here for responses. I hope there are some.  The lights are going out in the gardens of the West, and I’m not feeling so well myself."

And in that Employment Wanted ad I left out many of the jobs I've done, including some for my friend, and most satisfied client,  Jerry Salinger. When I read back in January that J. D. Salinger had died. It got a lot of press.  I never mentioned that correspondence with Salinger, wishing to respect his right to privacy. Besides, you never knew how he’d react if he found out that I was saving his letters and postcards and notes, and he was a good client. I didn’t want to make him mad. But now that he’s gone, and with all the interest in him stirred up, I think  that the time is right, and ripe,  to put on the market my entire Salinger Archive. It is modest, by most standards. It consists of nine letters, seventeen postcards, and thirty-three 2” x 3” yellow Post-It notes, all holograph, and addressed by Jerry to me. 

I don't feel it would be right to reveal more than a sentence or two, but since I need to give potential buyers some hint of what I have to offer I'll just reproduce the shortest message he sent me, written inside  a Hallmark Card that had a big Thank You printed in red on the cover:

Thank you again for the terrific job you and your team did re-arranging the party platters when everything seemed to be going wrong. You guys are awesome!”

To my  mind, this two-sentence missive is pure gold, possibly the most convincing evidence to date that Jerry was hardly the recluse the outside world kept insisting he must be, only because it was unable to cover him the way it was so used to covering others who were similarly celebrated.

The other  postcards, cards, letters, Post-It Notes, are  just as revealing, if in other ways, as the one I've quoted. I suspect that this correspondence, if published with an appropriate apparatus criticus (and I shall be happy to supply full details as to what occasioned each letter, postcard, Hallmark card, or Post-It Note), would  truly revolutionize the way posterity will think about Jerome David Salinger.

The Hallmark card is available for $7,500, and the entire archive – I’d like to keep it together, and sell it to one buyer if possible  – is available for $400,000. 

Serious Inquiries Only.

 

Posted on 01/27/2011 5:16 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Literary Interlude: "Hadji Murat" by Leo Tolstoy

Tolstoy, in his final work, here tells the fictionalized story of the real-life Hadji Murat.  He, Tolstoy, probably heard the story while serving in the first Caucasus War.  Tolstoy does not display any knowledge of or insight into Islam, but Murat's story is one of betrayal, murder, kidnapping, Sunni-on-Sufi violence, wildly shifting allegiances, and finally, decapitation.

Translation by Louise and Aylmer Maude.

Posted on 01/27/2011 9:21 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden

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