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These are all the Blogs posted on Monday, 31, 2010.
Monday, 31 May 2010
Four MPS Targeted by Lone Muslim Extremist

From The Sunday Express - thanks to Alan

A LONE “self-radicalised” Muslim scoured the voting records of four former Labour ministers as part of a plot to kill one of them, the Sunday Express has learned.

The Al Qaeda-inspired extremist examined the backgrounds of Stephen Timms, Jim Fitzpatrick, Margaret Hodge and Nick Raynsford before setting out on a planned attack. A police examination of computer records showed the individual had also looked up the times when each MP, all of them based in east and south-east London, held their constituency surgeries . . . (and)  used the website to analyse how the MPs had voted on issues such as the Iraq war, the introduction of ID cards and anti-terror laws.

Police have offered all four MPs extra security as a result of the plot. The individual is in police custody. The Sunday Express is unable to give more details for legal reasons.

All four MPs represent constituencies with large Muslim populations and have close ties with the Islamic community. At least two of them, however, have been at the centre of controversies that have seen them targeted for verbal attacks.

Last year, Poplar MP Mr Fitzpatrick stormed out of a Muslim wedding because men and women had to sit separately. During the election campaign, his car was attacked.

In Barking, former culture minister Mrs Hodge was accused of inflaming racial tensions after she said mainstream parties were not “listening” to white working-class voters.

She is also Jewish which never goes down well with islamics. This may be the same girl, Roshonara Choudhary, who is in custody for the attempted murder of Stephen Timms two weeks ago, hence the discretion for 'legal reasons'.  If it is a second individual then I can only assume the news embargo is to downplay the danger to our elected representatives. 

As an aside I was surprised not to see Stephen Gapes of Ilford South on the list (adjacent to Barking on the northern boundary) He is disliked by certain Muslims for his relationship with his Jewish constituents and his support for Israel.

Posted on 05/31/2010 2:16 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 31 May 2010
Islamic Foundation calls for death sentence if apostate fails to repent

 The Maldives are only a small group of islands but the goings on there are a lesson for the rest of the world, whichever way you view it.  This is from the Minivan News

The Islamic Foundation has called for self-declared apostate Mohamed Nazim to be stripped of his citizenship and sentenced to death if he does not repent and return to Islam.

Nazim claimed he was “Maldivian and not a Muslim” during a public question-and-answer session with Islamic speaker Dr Zakir Naik, the first time a Maldivian has publicly announced he is not a Muslim.

According to the Maldivian constitution all citizens are required to be Muslim, and the country is always described as a “100 percent” Muslim country.

The 37 year-old angered many in the approximately 11,000-strong crowd with his statement during Dr Naik’s ‘Misconceptions about Islam’ lecture on Friday.  

Dr Zarik Naik is the little old sweetheart allowed in by our 'tough' new government to preach in Bethnal Green shortly. “In Islam, there are many cases, it doesn’t mean death penalty,” Dr Naik explained. “But if the person who reverts who was a Muslim then converts to and becomes a non-Muslim and propagates his faith and speaks against Islam, and if it’s Islamic rule, then the person should be put to death. But just because a person who is a Muslim becomes a non-Muslim, death penalty is not the ruling.”

Nazim was escorted from the venue by police for his own protection, after members of the audience attempted to attack him. Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam said two men who tried to attack Nazim were arrested after they attacked the police officers protecting him. 

Today the Islamic Foundation of the Maldives issued a press statement calling on judges to give Nazim the opportunity to repent “and if he does not, then sentence him to death as Islamic law and Maldivian law agree.”

“The Islamic Foundation believes that the person who announces apostasy should be punished according to Islamic laws,” the NGO said, warning that Nazim represented “a disturbance to the religious views and the religious bonds that exist with Maldivians.”

“Hereby if this man does not do his penance and come back to the Islamic religion, the Islamic Foundation of the Maldives calls to take the citizenship away from this man as mentioned in the Maldivian constitution.”  If case crossed into areas not covered by the laws of the country, “then the judges should rely on Islamic law,”

A government official involved in the legal process, who requested that his name and department be kept anonymous, said he was “really worried” and described the case as “a very sensitive subject”.

The Adhaalath Party issued a press statement claiming that the act violated the constitution of the Maldives and called on the government “to strengthen Islam and protect the constitution.”

Religious NGO Jamiyyathul Salaf declined to comment on the matter during a press conference held today on another matter, however NGO Jamiyyathul Musliheen expressed “concern and regret” over the incident.

”Not a few number of Maldivian youths are moving further from the religion, and many of them are going renegade,” the NGO said in a press statement, adding that “it is a responsibility of the government to strengthen Islam in the country.” 

Minivan News was unable to reach Nazim himself for comment, however a person close to the matter described him as “a very sensible guy who will think of the people around him. But he will not give up on calling for people to be more honest about themselves. I think he will become a genuine refugee if he refuses to take back his words,” she said.

The comments are worth a look. Many call for religious freedom and an end to Wahabi style influence. Others call for the death penalty and sanctions against the Minivan News. Interesting times.

Posted on 05/31/2010 4:56 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Monday, 31 May 2010
An exceptional woman's rejection of Islam

Charles Moore praises Ayaan Hirsi Ali's courage, intelligence and honesty, but points out, rightly, that she is exceptional in having escaped Islam. From The Telegraph:

In a way, this book is the opposite of Barack Obama's famous memoir Dreams from My Father...Her fame derives from the fact that she boldly and absolutely rejected the Muslim faith in which she grew up. She sought asylum in Holland and became, for a time, a politician there. She collaborated with Theo Van Gogh, who was later murdered by an Islamist fanatic, on a film called Submission, about Islam's oppression of women.

For her apostasy, a capital offence in the eyes of all the schools of Islamic law, she is threatened with death. 

Just read that again: "apostasy, a capital offence in the eyes of all the schools of Islamic law". This is not something you will read in The Guardian or the BBC, but it is true.

She has to have personal protection at all times. Now she lives in the United States, and this book, which follows her earlier account of her life, Infidel, is, among other things, an examination of the virtues of her adopted country and the Western way of life which she has enthusiastically embraced. Obama's book, though not anti-American, was a journey away from his country. Ayaan Hirsi Ali's direction of travel is the other way. 

Since we tend to take the virtues of the West for granted, it is moving to find them so enthusiastically identified by an outsider. One thing which enrages her about her own Somali Muslim culture is its utter dependence on clan. Clan loyalties in that culture, she says, are the only social reality, and so people feel under no obligation to be honest or kind to those outside the clan, or to respect the rule of law or political institutions.

In the West, however, the social order – far from being "broken", as we tend to see it – is strong. People go to great efforts, says the author, to help strangers, debate with one another without violence and ensure that public and commercial services do their job properly. "The infidel," she says, "insists on honesty and trust", whereas Muslim societies are riddled with suspicion and survive by "taqqiya – pretending to be something you are not".

We in the West tend to envy Africa for its greater sense of family, but Ayaan Hirsi Ali launches into a paean of praise for American marriage. She thinks that its emphasis on the love between man and woman who have chosen each other freely and the focus on the children they bear is much more healthy than the web of obligations to endless useless cousins in the world from which she has escaped.

She argues that in our freedom, and in our more responsible and restrained attitudes to sex, money and violence, we are superior to the Islamic world. In her view, the Muslim obsession with a woman's virginity is not a mark of modesty and decency, but of ownership and the abuse of power. It helps to feed a male identity which she tellingly describes, referring to her brother, as both "fragile and grandiose".

It is so clear to Ayaan Hirsi Ali that Western freedom is better than the alternatives that she is evangelical about it. A feminist, she is infuriated by those Western feminists who will not take on subjects such as female circumcision, honour killing and the sale of brides in Muslim societies (and among Muslims in our own societies) because they wish to blame Western colonialism for all ills. And although she is herself an atheist, she is convinced that Christianity is superior to Islam, because it has learnt how to exist in plural societies and because it centres on love rather than anger and fear. She recommends that the churches should come together to counter radical Muslim dawa (mission) with a great push of their own to bring Christianity to immigrants. She makes short work of our own dear Archbishop of Canterbury, and his idea that a little bit of Sharia might be quite nice really.

The author is such a brave woman, and her way of writing so clear, that I was surprised, as I read, to find myself feeling rather depressed. One reason, I think, is that I feel most reluctant to accept her view that Islam is simply frightful. She makes a most convincing case for its faults of intolerance, over-masculinity and violence, but she does not stop to imagine what the world would be like if the faith of a quarter of its population were to be undermined.

Charles Moore is wrong-headed here. Islam, as Hirsi Ali and many others have made clear, is "simply frightful". Undermining is good. And if a quarter of the world is Muslim - a figure very much open to dispute - then a quarter of the world either is "simiply frightful" or leads "simply frightful" lives. Undermining this would be simply spiffing.

The other reason a reader might feel sad reading this book is the appalling scale of the problem the author discusses. She, with her beauty, brains and courage, has truly made a new life for herself (though one which, as the book's title suggests, does not bring peace of mind). But, for every Ayaan Hirsi Ali, there are hundreds of thousands of Muslims trapped in the appalling politics of their own countries, or struggling to make new lives in a West which they are taught, even as they take its advantages, to detest. The author is exceptional, and that, perhaps, is the problem. One wants to believe her hopeful message, but the facts seem to be against her.

She is indeed exceptional, and hundreds and thousands of Muslims are indeed trapped, but by telling the truth about Islam Hirsi Ali is helping to free them. Few can match her brains or her beauty, but she can lead and others follow. 

Going back a few years, it was in The Telegraph that Will Cummins wrote:

It is the black heart of Islam, not its black face, to which millions object.

How perverse that even when a refugee from Islam has a black face, her supporters are branded racist.

Posted on 05/31/2010 5:16 AM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 31 May 2010
The Rear End of Keith Vaz, or, No End of an Ass

Well over a year ago, but not for the first time, I asked whether there is, or ever could be, anyone more repulsive than Keith Vaz:

It was, and still is, a rhetorical question, a num question, or, in today's parlance, a no-brainer. Boris Johnson doesn't quite share my repulsion, since he appears to be able to tell the Vaz face from the Vaz Az, while to me there is not a Vaz difference between them. From The Telegraph, in which Boris makes some good points about Labour wastage - a Vaz subject if ever there vaz one: 

It must have been about six months ago that I was treated to a symbol of everything that was wrong with the wasteful and incompetent Labour government that has just been ejected from office. Indeed, it was a symbol of everything that has been wrong with British politics over the past decade. I came across this object in Derby Gate, Westminster, round about lunchtime – and I can still see it in my mind's eye, stationed in the gloom not far from the Red Lion pub.

What was this monstrous sight? What was this thing that still, to this day, makes me shudder with rage? My friends, it was the rear end of Mr Keith Vaz MP. Not that I have anything in particular against Keith or any part of him. Indeed, I could not actually see his hindquarters but I could see where they were located – cupped, cosseted, cocooned on the velour upholstery of a government car – and for the life of me I couldn't see why.

The car paused as it drew abreast and Vaz hauled down the window to hail me. Actually, I can't be sure that it was Vaz who pressed the button, causing the window to slide silently south. It might have been him, or the driver, or the bodyguard. But at any rate the window went down and Vaz addressed me in the kindly tones of Louis XIV leaning from his carriage to comfort a poor peasant woman struggling along in the mud.

"I say, Boris," said Vaz, "do you want a lift?" I am sure he meant to be friendly, because, as I say, he and I have been perfectly cordial in our relations, even though he once produced a transcript of a conversation in which I had apparently told him to "---- off" about 24 times. "No, it's OK, thanks, Keith," I said, slapping the battered old handlebars of my machine. "I've got my bike." And then, as an afterthought, I asked: "Where are you off to?" "Lancaster Gate!" said Mr Keith Vaz MP, as his limo swooshed off into the lunchtime traffic. And then I am afraid I saw red.

Lancaster Gate? Lancaster Gate, I could have pointed out – as the Chairman of Transport for London – is only four stops from Westminster. You take the Jubilee Line, change at Bond Street, and pow – you're there. Why in the name of all that's holy was Vaz being chauffeured from Westminster to Lancaster Gate?

Consider the total cost to the public purse of his car, his driver, his bodyguard, and compare it with the negligible charge that would have been made for one swipe of the Oyster card.

Consider the massacre Labour has made of the national finances, and then remember that by this stage Vaz wasn't even a minister. He was just a chairman of a back-bench select committee. He didn't face the slightest threat to his security, except possibly from people like me, and here he was cruising around London as though he was Charles blooming de Gaulle.

London has one of the best public transport systems in the world, and in so far as it needs improvement and investment, we need to get the political class down the Tube to understand what needs to be done. I want them straphanging and armpit-nuzzling all summer until they understand why we would be stark, staring bonkers to cut Crossrail or the Tube upgrades; and I am not just talking about ministers and people who have been entitled to use the absurd Government Car Service.

I am talking about the entire clerisy of officials, quangocrats and public functionaries of all kinds – tens of thousands of them in London alone – who still believe they are entitled to be picked up in the morning, and then taken home in the evening, and ferried to lunch or shopping in between, and all of them – from NHS hierarchs to the ruling elite of the National Trust, more or less subsidised by the poor bleeding taxpayer.

And I also mean those who don't have a driver, but simply have taxpayer-funded allowances for the use of a car in central London. Those allowances must go. The Treasury should immediately announce that they are no longer acceptable across Whitehall or any other emanation of government, and it must be made plain that the taxpayer is no longer picking up anyone's congestion charge. It's not that I dislike cars. I love cars, and am a proud former motoring correspondent of GQ magazine.

I just don't see why the taxpayer should be coughing up for state-sponsored cars, so that some people can feel superior about the way they get around. They don't need it. They can write or think perfectly well on public transport, and if they really want to be on their own they can either get a taxi or, from the end of July, one of London's amazing new hire bikes. In an act of outstanding generosity we have made the first half-hour free of charge, which is more than enough time to get from Westminster to Lancaster Gate, even for Keith Vaz.

Vaz programme, as Charles blooming de Gaulle might have said.

Posted on 05/31/2010 5:54 AM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 31 May 2010
Talking of rear ends....

Why do so many Liberals come to grief over a  boy. Recently it was Chief Secretary to the Treasury  David Laws, who claimed £40,000 in rent for the "second bedroom" in the house of his partner James Lundie. Before that there was Mark Oaten and his rent boy and Jeremy Thorpe and his "male model".

Perhaps Tories do it too, if this Churchill story is true:

Churchill was woken one morning by an underling who nervously informed him a junior minister had been caught in St James' Park with a guardsman. Sir Winston thought for a moment.

"It was bloody cold last night, wasn't it?" he asked.

"Indeed, sir, I'm told it was the coldest February night for 17 years." Sir Winston thought some more.

"It makes you proud to be British," he said.

Posted on 05/31/2010 6:16 AM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 31 May 2010
Pro-Palestinian Activists Attack Israel Sailors, Israel Acccused of "War Crimes"

This incident won't be good for Israel and was undoubtedly planned with that in mind. NYTimes:

JERUSALEM — The Israeli Navy raided a flotilla carrying thousands of tons of supplies for Gaza in international waters on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people, according to the Israeli military and activists traveling with the flotilla. Some Israeli media reports put the death toll higher.

The incident drew widespread international condemnation, with Israeli envoys summoned to explain their country’s actions in several European countries. The criticism offered a propaganda coup to Israel’s foes, particularly the Hamas group that holds sway in Gaza, and damaged its ties to Turkey, one of its most important Muslim partners and the unofficial sponsor of the Gaza-bound convoy.

The killings also coincided with preparations for a planned visit to Washington on Tuesday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli Defense Forces said more than 10 people were killed when naval personnel boarding the six ships in the aid convoy met with “live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs.” The naval forces then “employed riot dispersal means, including live fire,” the military said in a statement.

“That is a lie,” said Greta Berlin, a leader of the pro-Palestinian Free Gaza Movement, speaking by telephone from Cyprus. She said it was inconceivable that the civilian passengers on board would have been “waiting up to fire on the Israeli military, with all its might.”

“We never thought there would be any violence,” she said.

At least four Israeli soldiers were injured in the operation, some from gunfire, according to the military.

A military statement said two activists were later found with pistols they had taken from Israeli commandos. The activists, the military said, had apparently opened fire “as evident by the empty pistol magazines.”


“What we have seen this morning is a war crime,” said Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator...

Posted on 05/31/2010 6:28 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 31 May 2010
Thrice correct

Here's a new way of arguing, thanks to the Prophet, PBUH. Just say it three times and it's right. Don't believe me? Just say it three times and it's right. Just say it three times and it's right. (That's three times altogether, counting the first.):

Abu Hatim al-Muzani reports that the Messenger of Allah S.A.W said: "When someone whose character and morals are agreeable to you approaches you for marriage give your daughter to him in marriage. If you do not then there will be tribulation and immense corruption in the earth." They said: "O Messenger of Allah, even if he has some deficiency?" He said: "When someone comes whose character and morals are agreeable to you and approaches you for marriage, give your daughter to him in marriage." He said this three times.

But what if she doesn't want to marry him? What do you suppose the Messanger of Allah (S.A.W.) thinks about that? Clue: One More Time.

Posted on 05/31/2010 8:32 AM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 31 May 2010
Was the Gaza Flotilla Confrontation a Fiasco?
When we posted on the looming confrontation between the several ships in the Gaza International Humanitarian Flotilla, we expressed the opinion that Israel was in deadly earnest about stopping it from reaching the Gaza coast. Now, we have reports on how deadly it was with more than 15 killed and  dozens wounded among the several hundred passengers composed of ‘activists’, journalists, diplomats and at least one Nobel Laureate from Ireland aboard.
But what is missing in the world press accounts is the truth about who and what the organizers were all about sending an message of defiance backed by Hamas and leftist allies.
Note that among the Flotilla organizers was Huwaida Arraf,  the co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement. She is a Palestinian Christian born in Detroit and the wife of Adam Shapiro, also a co-founder of the ISM. Shapiro is a Jewish leftist fellow traveler of the Palestinian cause who has said,  "Palestinian resistance must take on a variety of characteristics, both violent and non-violent.”
Andrew Bostom had alerted us to the annihilationist creed shouted by the Islamists on board the Flotilla cited by Israeli deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon. See this Palestinian Media Watch account:
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon criticized the 'Freedom Flotilla' headed for Gaza on Sunday, saying the anti-Semitic chants voiced by the activists on board earlier in the day showed the "real motivation" for the campaign, which he termed an "armada of hate."

In the morning, participants on the flotilla were recorded shouting "Khaybar Khaybar ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad saya'ud", which means 'Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Mohammed is returning.'

This cry relates to an event in the seventh century when Muslims massacred and expelled Jews from the town of Khaybar, in modern-day Saudi Arabia.

The casualties occurred when armed activists confronted Israeli Naval commandos when they repelled from helicopters to board Flotilla vessels. Note these contrasting comments supplied by The Israel Project  from Israeli journalists with the boarding party, BBC interviews with Israeli government and Free Gaza Movement spokespersons:

At least seven Israeli soldiers were injured, two are in critical condition reportedly when protestors opened fire on them after stealing their weapons.
[3] "Live fire was used against our forces. They initiated the violence, that's 100% clear," said Israeli Government Spokesman Mark Regev in an interview with the BBC.[4] Israeli soldiers were attacked by extremists with live ammunition, axes, metal rods and blunt instruments while trying to take control of six ships en route to Gaza. Audrey Bomse, a spokesperson for the Free Gaza movement, said in an interview with the BBC “I cannot say for sure if there were weapons on the ship.”[5]

Watch this
video of activists attacking Israeli Naval commandos in the boarding party. 

Contrast this Jerusalem Post article on the violent confrontation by Israeli Naval commandos with the Flotilla with the MSNBC news wire services account.  The latter appears heavily biased and excludes information on the extremist Islamic Turkish and leftist international sponsors.  Also note in comparison how generous Israel has been in delivery of critical humanitarian aid and that smuggling from Egypt has kept Gaza well stocked.  The cement and other cargos on board the flotilla ships are considered contraband by the Israelis if they are not tied to specific reconstruction projects.  Clearly, many of the 'activists' on board the Flotilla were prepared to resist boarding by Israeli naval commandos. The vessels were commandeered and directed into the Israeli port of Ashdod to unload cargoes, screen and treat wounded passengers.
Notwithstanding these observations, Israel has been painted as a pariah state by the international press.  This is a PR "victory" for Hamas and the Palestinians and raises the ire between Turkey with its Islamist government and Israel. There are with the usual adverse comments about Israeli actions from the EU and UN contingents.   In the aftermath of this clash Israeli PM Netanyahu  announced  from Canada  that he has cancelled his meeting tomorrow in Washington with President Obama and is returning to Israel.  This clash at sea with the Flotilla will be used as one more prod by the Obama White House to expedite the proximity talks with the the PA Fatah leadership who have rejected serious discussions with Israel in favor of dealing directly with the US.  PA President Abbas arrives in Washington for a White House visit on June 9th during which he will  doubtless  talk about Israeli ‘intransigence’ and alleged  ‘inhumanity’. Meanwhile, Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Mashall in Gaza City and Damascus will claim bragging rights for victory in this orchestrated PR campaign directed at painting Israel at the ‘oppressor’ and the annihilationist Hamas as the ‘victim’.
This episode was a no win situation for Israel. It maximized the victimhood 'message' of Hamas and the Palestinians.  But Israel has to do what is necessary to protect itself in such matters.  Of interest will be the disposition of an Israeli Arab Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi (National Democratic Assembly) on board the Flotilla. She could possibly lose her Parliamentary immunity and be subject to charges of treason.
By all measures this deadly outcome of the confrontation at sea between Israel Naval forces and the Flotilla was a staged and well timed provocation by Hamas and its leftist allies.
Posted on 05/31/2010 10:43 AM by Jerry Gordon
Monday, 31 May 2010
Videos of "Peace Activists" Attacking Israeli Soldiers

Read more at Ron Mossad's blog.

Posted on 05/31/2010 12:18 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Monday, 31 May 2010

Foreign Secretary William Hague is at best numb and vague and at worst anti-Semitic. (Anti-Israel is the same as anti-Semitic, and there's an end of it.) From the BBC, which has reported the incident with all the bias you would expect:

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he "deplores the loss of life" caused during the Israeli navy's interception of a flotilla of aid.

At least nine people were reportedly killed after commandos stormed a ship destined for the Gaza Strip.

Israel says its soldiers were shot at and attacked; activists say Israeli troops came on board shooting.

Mr Hague called for limits on aid for Gaza to be lifted and said access to any Britons involved was being sought.

One UK national has been injured and consular access has been granted to them, Mr Hague told the BBC.

The exact number of UK nationals on board the vessel is not yet known, but reports are coming in to the BBC that at least five Britons may be on the ship.

More fool them. If you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas. As for aid to Gaza, let the Ummah provide - it will leave less money over for dawah. And perhaps the Gazans should limit the size of their families, as Western taxpayers must do when forced to stump up the cost of supporting the "Poor Palestinians" in the idleness and reproductive recklessness to which they have become accustomed. And about those "starving" children - they're pretty chubby. Starved, perhaps, of the latest mobile phone or computer game, inshallah they may get up off their fat backsides and work.

Posted on 05/31/2010 2:06 PM by Mary Jackson
Monday, 31 May 2010
Experience and Reality
by Rebecca Bynum (June 2010)
Previously. I have argued that contrary to the assumption of most contemporary philosophers, it is entirely possible that mind exists as a reality in and of itself and this independent reality is perceived and utilized by the material brain as are other aspects of reality. more>>>


Posted on 05/31/2010 3:55 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
On the Sarcophagi
by Mark Anthony Signorelli (June 2010)

In Florence there is a chapel, and in that chapel stand two grand sarcophagi fashioned by Michelangelo. They are placed on opposite walls. Each bears a notable figure atop its structure. more>>>
Posted on 05/31/2010 4:02 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
The Concept of Normalizing: Neither Labeling nor Enabling
by Thomas J. Scheff (June 2010)
 Abstract: In modern societies we often make judgments of certain kinds of behavior that are virtually automatic: delusions show that one is crazy, wrong answers show that one is ignorant, etc. The theory of labeling/normalization suggests caution in making these judgments because of the effect they are likely to have on the social relationship, feelings of rejection and embarrassment. There is a social-emotional component in all human contact that can be managed independently of the content. Equal care is needed to avoid both labeling and enabling. Two extended and three brief concrete examples of normalizing are discussed. The social-emotional component seems to be critical in most relationships, both in psychotherapy and education, as suggested by the examples. more>>>
Posted on 05/31/2010 4:07 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
Linda Nochlin and The Imaginary Orient
by Ibn Warraq (June 2010)

In the guest book at the Dahesh Museum which used to be on Madison Avenue, in Upper Manhattan,  [1] there is an entry by a tourist, possibly German, who enthuses about the Orientalist paintings in the collection, saying how much she admired and enjoyed them. Then, almost as an afterthought, as though she has only just remembered to put on her ideological spectacles, she adds words to the effect that, "of course, they were Orientalist works, hence imperialist and reprehensible." Apparently, she felt guilty for having enjoyed and appreciated Orientalist art. How many other ordinary lovers of paintings, sculpture, drawings, watercolors and engravings have had their natural inclination to enjoy works of Orientalist art damaged, or even destroyed by the influence of Edward Said and his followers? How many people have had their enjoyment of Jane Austen spoiled by Said's insidious claim that Austen was condoning slavery? more>>>
Posted on 05/31/2010 4:10 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
Disillusioned Central Europe Tilts to the Far-Right

by Thomas Ország-Land (June 2010)

The savage recession still blighting the economic landscape of Central Europe has stirred up troubling nightmares of the Holocaust, dominating landmark elections in Austria and neighbouring Hungary, the principal political trend-setters of this region. more>>>

Posted on 05/31/2010 4:15 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
Two Peas in a Pod: Tiger & Obama

by Norman Berdichevsky (May 2010)

The two most imposing figures in American professional sports and politics over the past few years have many characteristics in common, so much so, they could be called two peas in a pod. Each capitalized on good looks, youth, a multi-racial heritage, undeniable talent, record breaking ability in their careers, and a manufactured IMAGE that has succeeded in duping millions of Americans into believing that they were worthy individuals who deserved unlimited trust and affection. Each has been revealed as scheming, fraudulent, and narcissistic, totally hypocritical in adopting a feigned religiosity and ready to abandon all pretence at high ideals in order to pursue an agenda that would assure their place in history and the record books.   more>>>

Posted on 05/31/2010 4:20 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
Who are the Strong Horses in the Middle East?
by Jerry Gordon and Mike Bates (June 2010)

Earlier this year author Lee Smith published,
The Strong Horse: Power, Politics and the Clash of Arab Civilizations (Random House). The book has since become a legend in Washington foreign policy circles confounded by how to make sense of the Middle East. Included are the Israel–Palestinian conflict, confronting a Nuclear Iran about to dawn, imminent US leave taking from Iraq and the intractable War in Afghanistan. 1330 AM WEBY, “Your Turn” Host Mike Bates and co-Host Senior Editor Jerry Gordon convened a Middle East Round Table discussion on Smith’s book and these issues with panelists, Lee Smith, Jonathan Schanzer and Daniel Diker. more>>>
Posted on 05/31/2010 4:24 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
Diversity and Affirmative Action Everywhere but The Supreme Court

by Norman Berdichevsky (June 2010)

or more than a generation now, one of the most powerful weapons used by the Liberal-Left in American politics is to justify differential treatment of citizens, referred to by the euphemism of “affirmative action.” The overriding consideration used to expound on the need for such differential treatment in hiring for jobs in teaching, government, and large sectors of the private sector has been the acquisition of DIVERSITY. more>>>

Posted on 05/31/2010 4:30 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
A Perversion of Ethics
American Association of Pediatricians (AAP), Sharia Law, and Abandonment of Medical Ethics in Context
by DL Adams (June 2010)

Author's Note
: On May 27th, four days before the June NER publication date, AAP rescinded their new policy of supporting "female genital cutting." (AAP Press Release is available here.)
 AAP's press release includes these two important statements:
  • "The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has retired its 2010 policy statement on female genital cutting (FGC)."
  • "'The AAP does not endorse the practice of offering a 'clitoral nick.' This minimal pinprick is forbidden under federal law and the AAP does not recommend it to its members.'" 
This press release represents a total abandonment of the recent FGM policy that has caused so much consternation around the world.
While this is a positive development that I applaud, it does not negate the need to understand why the AAP altered their long-standing opposition to FGM/FGC in the first place. The AAP policy was a failure for numerous reasons and the storm of confusion and condemnation that descended upon them was well deserved. more>>>
Posted on 05/31/2010 4:35 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
Islamic Suicide Terrorism & The Stockholm Syndrome Writ Large

 by Jerry Gordon (June 2010)

The Banality of Suicide Terrorism: 
The Naked Truth About the Psychology of Islamic Suicide Bombing
By Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin
Potomac Books, Inc.
Washington, DC 

Why do Muslims venerate as suicide terrorists as martyrs? What drives them to commit suicide and simultaneously murder of dozens if not hundreds of others, including fellow Muslims? What is there inside the family structure and cultural dynamics defined by Islamic Sharia and the Qu’ranic Canon that have created this phenomenon? The Banality of Suicide Terrorism by Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin attempts to explain this phenomenon. more>>>

Posted on 05/31/2010 4:40 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
The Pagan Country Gentleman

by Geoffrey Clarfield (June 2010)

henever I think of Dr. Paul Karger my left arm hurts. This is the place where he gave me my vaccinations and inoculations, each year in June, at the end of the school year and a week before that transhumant trek from the city of Toronto to my extended family’s wooden summer houses called the “cottage,” on the shores of Lake Simcoe. more>>>

Posted on 05/31/2010 4:46 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
Dignity or Sati? Death as a Lifestyle Choice
by Mary Jackson (June 2010)

"If you, my beloved, have died...all the leaves will fall on my will rain on my soul night and day...the snow will burn my heart...I shall walk with cold and fire and death and feet will want to march to where you sleep...but I shall go on living..."
(From “The Dead Woman” by Pablo Neruda)
A fine sentiment, but what a struggle. How tempting – and how romantic - to join your beloved in easeful death. And you can’t get more easeful than a Swiss clinic. more >>>
Posted on 05/31/2010 4:53 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
Julian of Norwich - An English Mystic
by Esmerelda Weatherwax (originally appeared in March, 2006)

I went to Norwich, county town of Norfolk in February where I paid a visit to St Julian’s church where the mediaeval theologian, mystic and writer Dame Julian lived.
Not much is known for certain of the life of this remarkable woman, who was the first woman to write a book in English. What is certain is that in May 1373, when she was 30 and a half years old, she suffered an illness of such severity that she was expected to die. As her priest lifted the cross above her bed her pain left her and she received her “shewings”, visions of Christ’s passion overlaid with other images and the nature of Christ's love. more>>>
Posted on 05/31/2010 5:04 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
Of Mammon, Methane and Mosque
by John M. Joyce (June 2010)

The county town of B____shire is an ancient settlement deep in the heart of rural England. In its medieval alleyways, Georgian streets and Victorian squares the customs and festivals of the shire are honoured year in and year out. No festival is more cherished for its oddity, more loved for its difference, than the show held in early autumn in the vastly spacious Agricultural Hall that occupies the centre of the magnificent nineteenth century Aboulia Place in the upper town. This particular show is unique to B____shire – it is the Royal B____shire Agricultural Association’s annual Vogelferret show. more>>>
Posted on 05/31/2010 5:27 PM by NER
Monday, 31 May 2010
Anchises Holds the Babe Aeneas

by Mark Anthony Signorelli (June 2010)

Some unreflective prescience seems to gleam
In your new eyes, and guess the oracle,
That your days will be hard. Still I rejoice – more>>>

Posted on 05/31/2010 5:34 PM by NER

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