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These are all the Blogs posted on Wednesday, 4, 2007.
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Alan Johnston freed after Hamas besieges kidnappers' compound
Obviously I am pleased, especially for his family. I just hope
1 This does not cast Hamas in the role of “the Good Guys”
2 He reflects on his pro Palestinian stance now.
3 he does not go the Yvonne Piddley route into professional revert.
Alan Johnston, the kidnapped BBC journalist, was released last night after intense negotiations as Hamas fighters closed in around the compound of the Army of Islam gang that had held him for 114 days.
Amidst chaotic scenes outside the house of Ismail Haniya, the deposed Palestinian Prime Minister, 50 to 60 gunmen holding rocket-propelled grenades and AK47s accompanied Johnston down the street. Johnston appeared to be in good health, and he told The Times that he was OK.
Abu Subhi, a senior Hamas Executive Force commander, told The Times that Mr Johnston was released at 3:30am local time. He was taken for a shave and a shower before he met Ismael Haniya, the deposed Palestinian Prime Minister, in Gaza.
The sudden release came after Hamas had tightened the siege around the Army of Islam compound, and the Army of Islam agreed to release ten Hamas captives who had been detained the day before.
The BBC are, obviously, running it as their lead story.
Posted on 07/04/2007 1:58 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Those who cure you will kill you
An al-Qaeda leader in Iraq boasted before last week’s failed bombings in London and Glasgow that his group was planning to attack British targets and that “those who cure you will kill you”, The Times has learnt.
The warning was delivered to Canon Andrew White, a senior British cleric working in Baghdad, and could be highly significant as the eight Muslims arrested in the wake of the failed plot are all members of the medical profession.
Canon White told The Times that he had passed the general warning, but not the specific words, to a senior official at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in mid-April. A Foreign Office spokesman said last night that it was forwarding the actual words to the Metropolitan Police.
The Times also learnt yesterday that one of the suspects, the Iraqi doctor Bilal Abdulla, had links to radical Islamic groups, and that several of the eight suspects have now been linked to known extremist radicals listed on MI5’s data base. Canon White, who runs Baghdad’s only Anglican parish, said that he met the al-Qaeda leader on the fringes of a meeting about religious reconciliation held in Amman, the Jordanian capital.
“He talked to me about how they were going to destroy British and Americans. He told me that the plans were already made and they would soon be destroying the British. He said the people who cure you would kill you.”
The man, who was in his forties and had travelled from Syria for the meeting, said that the plans would come to fruition in the next few weeks and target the British first. He said that the British and Americans were being targeted because of their actions in Iraq. He did not learn the man’s identity until after the meeting, and will not disclose it now, but said: “I met the Devil that day.”
Posted on 07/04/2007 2:14 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Friend claims suspect backed al-Qaeda
BOMB Jeep passenger Bilal Abdullah wanted to avenge the death of a friend killed in the Iraq war, a friend claimed last night.
Muslim Shiraz Maher spoke out after relatives said two other suspects, Mohammed Asha and wife Marwah, were filled with hate against the West over Palestine.
Shiraz, who knew Abdullah at medical exams in Cambridge three years ago, said the 27-year-old Iraqi was radicalised by the influence of Iraq's al-Qaeda chief Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, 
He told BBC2's Newsnight: "He actively cheered the death of British and American troops. One of his best friends had been killed by Shias. He never spoke to me about attacking Britain. But he did speak about attacking British and US troops in Iraq."
Shiraz said of Abdullah's aims: "It was an al-Qaeda ideology. He had a number of videos by al-Zarqawi. The aims were something he closely identified with."
Abdullah's faith was said to be so extreme he refused to eat in Muslim takeaways if the owners were not strict enough. And, according to Shiraz, he tried to brainwash his flatmate.
Shiraz said: "This other Muslim didn't pray five times a day and played the guitar. Bilal said 'Look, you'd better start praying and stop playing.' He was adamant about it and put on this DVD of al-Zarqawi beheading a hostage. "He said 'If you don't change, this is what we do. We slaughter'."
Neurologist Dr Asha, 26, and his lab technician wife Marwah, 27, are suspected of masterminding the car bomb plot. They were held on Saturday on the M6 with their 18-month son in the car.
The couple, from Palestinian families, blamed Britain and the US for backing Israel's "occupation", relatives said. "Marwah was increasingly scathing of UK foreign policy. She said it was at the heart of the problems of the Arab-Israeli conflict."
Dr Asha had claimed his wife was mocked because she wore the veil.
Posted on 07/04/2007 3:13 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Enough of serious news for a moment.
I decided to set a quiz of my own over the weekend.
Several correspondents recognised two of them, and found a link but not the one I was looking for between all four. Thank you Gentlemen for giving the matter your best attention.
The men are, widdershins:-
  • Bernard-Henri Levy, French philosopher and pen owner
  • Donny Osmond of the Osmonds, singer
  • Marilyn Manson, also a singer
  • Emlyn Hughes, former England and Liverpool captain nicknamed Crazy Horse for his larger than life personality.
Which is the institution I was thinking of, personified by the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I like the webcam which I have never yet seen in any weather other than bright and sunny. I’m sure it will rain over the next few months and I might catch sunrise this morning.
Donny Osmond and his brothers had their biggest hit in 1972 with Crazy Horses and the album of the same name.
Bernard-Henri Levy and Marilyn Manson are and were married respectively to Arielle Dombasle and Dita von Teese who are the only independent performers to be invited to perform their show as guests at the Crazy Horse Salon in Paris.
Perhaps I better leave the next couple of quizzes to Hugh and Mary.
Posted on 07/04/2007 3:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Many happy returns

The drafting committee presenting the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress, painted by John Trumbull 1817–1819.

George Washington: "The freedom of Speech may be taken away, and, dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the Slaughter." (To THE OFFICERS OF THE ARMY, Head Quarters, Newburgh, March 15, 1783, from The writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources, ed. John C. Fitzpatrick, (Washington: U.S. GPO, 1931-1944)26: 224

Speaking of His Excellency, we're having lunch today in his and his compatriots' honor at one of his old haunts, Fraunces Tavern, where he bid goodbye to those officers in December of 1783. Double rations of rum for everybody!

Fraunces Tavern made history more recently. James Taranto explains here.

Posted on 07/04/2007 5:18 AM by Robert Bove
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Three admit inciting terror acts
Three al-Qaeda-linked men have admitted inciting terrorist attacks against non-Muslims on websites and in e-mails.
Younes Tsouli, Waseem Mughal and Tariq Al-DaourYounes Tsouli, 23, of west London, and Waseem Mughal, 24, of Chatham, Kent, changed their pleas two months into their trial on Monday.
A third man, Tariq Al-Daour, 21, of west London, has now changed his plea to guilty at Crown Court Woolwich.
The trio, who spent a year encouraging people to follow Osama Bin Laden, will be sentenced on Thursday.
Investigators found on Tsouli's laptop computer a presentation entitled The Illustrated Booby Trapping Course.
A film about how to make a suicide vest was found on a CD at Mughal's home.
The court also heard that Tsouli told Mughal in an online conversation that he, Tsouli, had been asked by al-Qaeda to translate the organisation's official e-book into English.
The book - Thurwat Al Sanam, or Tip Of The Camel's Hump - is said to promote jihad, or holy struggle.
The pair believed there was a "global conspiracy" to wipe out Islam, the court was told.
More analysis here.
Meanwhile also at Crown Court Woolwich the jury in the 21/7 trial retires for the 5th day.
Posted on 07/04/2007 6:17 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Out of the mouths of citizens

Letters today in the NY Post:

The world ignored the threats of Hitler until it was too late, and we're doing the same thing now with radical Islam.
Dan Galvin


 I hope that the British are giving the al Qaeda suspects they detained their full rights under British law, regardless of whether or not they are British citizens.

Failure to do so would bring strong condemnation from al Qaeda's American allies - the ACLU, the Democratic Party and the mainstream media.
Andy Romanic


 It is high time we stopped referring to our enemy as "radical" or "fringe" Islam and confront reality.

The enemy of our civilization today is Islam, period.

Political correctness is killing us as much as, if not more than, our sworn enemy.
Boris Docevski


I wonder if the American people will now wake up, take their heads out of the sand and figure out that we might have a problem.

Or are they still waiting for the first car bomb to be driven into Times Square?
Robert Vaughan
Holiday, Fla.


It's interesting how vehement bigotry and racism know no logic.

You'd think that if the Brits are trying to isolate Israeli academics and professionals because of some perceived and unfounded atrocities of Israel, they'd do the same to Arab Muslims because of the unquestionable atrocities being perpetrated by al Qaeda on Britain itself.

But not a word from anyone about Arabs or Muslims.

How many car bombs will it take for Britain to realize who its enemies really are?
Josh Greenberger


With the weekend bombing of Glasgow's airport, it seems that the War on Terror is a never-ending battle.

We may be able to defeat the scum in the streets, but there will always be dummies willing to go up in smoke.

If we start knocking down a few buildings with all the teachers and preachers of hate, things will begin to change for the better.
Rae Mackenzie
Hoboken, N.J.

Posted on 07/04/2007 6:31 AM by Robert Bove
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Another quiz

If you've been reading my posts carefully - and if not, why not? - you will find the answer to this quiz fairly easy.

You will also find it easy if you're Paul Blascowicz. This is because:

(a) It was you who told me this in the first place.

(b) You're a stinkin' clever clogs who even got one of Hugh's quizzes, which, as any fule kno, are meant to be impossible.

Can anybody, other than Paul Blascowicz, tell me the connection between the two people pictured below?

Update: Dave Lull has correctly identified the connection, which is Hanns-Martin Schleyer, murdered by the Red Army Faction in 1977, in which Brigitte Mohnhaupt played a major role. Johann Martin Schleyer was the brother of his great grandfather.

Now, for a bonus point, what is Johann Martin Schleyer's claim to fame?

Posted on 07/04/2007 6:47 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Chatham House

"London's Chatham House think tank..."-- from this news article, describing where the "analyst" in question, Bob Ayres, now works

Chatham House sounds impressive to some. To others, however, such as J. B. Kelly and Kenneth Minogue and Donald Watt, it summons up memories of pro-Arab (possibly because antisemitic) Arnold Toynbee, who ruled the roost and set the tone.

It was not an accident that the late Elie Kedourie titled one of his best books - and the one most relevant to the matter of Iraq today -"The Chatham House Version."

Judging by what I have read, and heard, coming from Rosemary Hollis, little has changed at Chatham House.

It raises an eyebrow. Or should.

Posted on 07/04/2007 7:20 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Bill Clinton Slams Bush on Libby Commutation

I'm not kidding.  I swear.  He really said this:  "“I think there are guidelines for what happens when somebody is convicted. You’ve got to understand, this is consistent with their philosophy; they believe that they should be able to do what they want to do, and that the law is a minor obstacle.”

I don't even know where to start ...

Posted on 07/04/2007 7:38 AM by Andy McCarthy
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Stoning advocate to address Connecticut crowd
WND: Christian pastors often will speak of the sin in the world, or in their nation, and call for repentance, but an expert on terrorism says when imam Siraj Wahhaj, one of the unindicted co-conspirators of the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center, preaches in his mosque, he goes one step further.

"Christian pastors will say the [nation] has taken the wrong course, but they don't say the U.S. is going to be destroyed unless everyone converts to Christianity right now," Steven Emerson, one of the nation's leading experts on terrorism, told WND.

But Wahhaj, who is speaking this coming weekend in Hartford, Conn., at the 32nd annual Islamic Circle of North America conference, an event shared with the Muslim American Society, blends into his sermons the "evil" of the United States and the need for an Islamic state.

That, Emerson said, is adding the political to the religious and is when the sermons "become a problem." ...

The conference is set up to "address growing Islamophobia," according to sponsors who have titled their event "Muhammad: Mercy To Humanity and Beyond."

Wahhaj is on the program as a featured speaker, but it's not the comments about his faith that concern those who monitor radical groups; it's sentiments such as:

  • "In time, this so-called democracy will crumble, and there will be nothing. And the only thing that will remain will be Islam."  
  • "If Allah says stone them to death, through the Prophet Muhammad, then you stone them to death, because it's the obedience of Allah and his messenger – nothing personal."...
Posted on 07/04/2007 8:13 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Longfellow or Lonnrot: The Answer

We have two winners to yesterday's quiz: one with "full marks" and one with "half-marks." This distinction is borrowed from the radio program "My Word." In that show, before Denis Norden and Frank Muir would deliver their convoluted tales which must end with a homophonic rendition of the phrase which each is assigned at the beginning of the show, there are questions requiring definitions of rare words by Norden and Muir, and the two female guests, usually Dilys Powell and Anne Scott-James, but the Fraser history-lady, and consort to Mr. Pinter, appeared in the later programs, and there both "half-marks" and "full marks" are given, when marks are given at all, by the well-spoken (everyone on the program was well-spoken; Estuary English was not to be heard) moderator.

In this case, half-marks go to Michael, who was correct to think that Hiawatha by the shores of Giche Gummee may have run into deer and foxes, but probably not sheep.

Full marks to Paul Blaskowicz, who not only is more certain (not making Michael's "guess") but is so because he found the exact text. He says he did this by reading through much of the Kalevala in Latin. If he did it that way, he deserves the prize; if he did it another, quicker way, he still deserves the prize, for figuring out some short cut that I thought did not or could not exist.

Now what was supposed to be tricky about the thing was this. I assumed that many would either not know Latin or know enough to recognize a few words, such as "pecorum" and "agnellorum" and "grex" and "lupus" and that this would lead some one way, and others another way. Someone who focussed on "lupus" might think "wolf" and if "wolf," then forest primeval, and Indians, and war-whoops, and wigwams, and wampum. Still others might reason as Michael did, that sheep are unlikely to have been hanging round Hiawatha's door. Indeed, when did the sheep arrive, with what settlers, in North America, and what Indians would have tended sheep? In all the cinematic renditions of the Range Wars between the sheepmen and the cattlemen, they were always settlers, with nary a war-bonnet in sight.

But there can be no doubt of the winner when Blaskowicz quotes from the Kalevala's text, and even puts in the two omitted tell-tale proper names. The excerpt I chose can be found on p. 202 in the Finnish translation, by Tuomo Pekkanen, but at the moment I can't find my copy (I chose that passage because of the "agnorum" and "pecorum" and "lupus" and the paucity of proper names) to quote from more extensively.

Another possibility, I thought, was that the Finnish fascination with, immense attachment to, Latin -- which has frequently been written about, would be remembered by some, and they would say to themselves: "well, it makes sense that someone would translate the whole Kalevala into Latin, as they might not have translated The Song of Igor's Campaign (if it is indeed, pace Edward Keenan, a real ancient epic), or Beowulf,. And that is because of the Finnish (and to a much lesser extent, the now passé attachment of Swedes to Latin and its prestige --  see Linnaeus, see Celsius, see Brezelius, see General Petraeus as the last in the line of the tribe of Swedes or Swedish-Americans with latinized names). And I thought someone would have remembered the story, from a few years ago, not only about the mad passion for Latin in Finland, but about the radio program in Latin that is broadcast from Finland to the Greater Community of Latin-Lovers -- yes, there are still Latin lovers among us, and the most hot-blooded of them turn out to be Nordic --  around the world.

Some may have heard about the late Charles Eggers, Eggers  was a priest at the Vatican, and tireless promoter of Latin, who produced "Latinitas," a magazine entirely in Latin, with a section on current events in which all kinds of phrases such as "leadership role" and "international community" and "yada-yada-yada" and "get with the program" would be turned into clever up-to-date equivalents in Latin. Well, the true heir to Eggers ("Carolus Eggers" to you) is Tuomo Pekkanen, who not only puts on that program conducted in Latin, but also translates a great many things into Latin, and among those things, the Kalevala is his masterpiece.

And I thought that along with the internal evidence -- those sheep, and that deceptive lupus in fabula -- some would-be entrants would recall that Finnish zeal for Latin, and would adduce that as part of the evidence that led them to choose the Kalevala as their answer.

It didn't happen. But the results make me happy, especially since this is the first time, in my years of offering contests, that I have had a clear-cut right answer, and in this case there are one-and-a-half, sesqui-entrants, who have been right.

So congratulations to "Michael," and extra congratulations to Paul Blaskowicz to whom will some day be sent,  if I can find a reasonably-priced copy in English, of a work  by the same author not quite as famous as his compiled Kalevala -- Lonnrot's "Advice on the Raising and Feeding of Children in Ostrobothnia."

Posted on 07/04/2007 8:53 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Quiz time - what's what?
  1. Tell me what street compares with Mott Street in July?
  2. Are you singing the tune yet?
  3. Wat do you get in Angkor?
  4. Who led the pedants' revolt?
  5. Watt pots never boyle?
  6. What is my favourite colour?
  7. What, fifty of my followers at a clap?
  8. A garden is a lovesome thing, God. What?
  9. Who was in whose what, and how many miles awhat?
  10. What price glory?

 By the way, happy Thanksgiving Day.

Posted on 07/04/2007 9:18 AM by Mary Jackson
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Muslim Doctors

Muslims are taught to despise Infidels. Muslims are taught to see the essential division of humanity into two: the Believers, and the Infidels. Between the two there must be a state of war, of uncompromising hostility (though feigned friendship, if it furthers the aims of Islam, is permitted), though a "state of war" does not necessarily require, at all times, a state of open warfare using military means.

Since that is the case, and since we are all by now familiar with Muhammad's emphasis on deception ("War is deception"), and the many examples of such deception offered by the life of Muhammad, the Model of Conduct ("uswa hasana"), the Perfect Man ("al-insan al-kamil") why should we assume that, for example, that Muslim doctors do indeed, always and everywhere, subscribe to the Hippocratic Oath (and is there, in the Muslim world, an equivalent?). Why should we not assume that Muslim doctors, or some of them, may not necessarily do their best, may even do their worst, for Infidel patients?

Would you, if you were, say, recognizable as a Protestant clergyman, or an Orthodox Jew, be perfectly willing to be treated by a Muslim doctor? Too suspicious, you say? Perhaps you are unaware that there is already at least one case in which the surviving son (himself a doctor) has charged that a Muslim doctor deliberately ignored, unaccountably, for hours, his father, an Orthodox Jewish patient. Would such a thing surprise you? Would it surprise you to discover that not all Muslim doctors necessarily were trying their very best to save Infidel patients, to give them the best care, to make sure that the baby was delivered properly? Why would you assume this? Because it simply must be, because any other possibility is something you prefer not to think about? Is that it? Or do you think it hysterical to calmly note what Islam inculcates, and the attitudes naturally engendered by such inculcation, and to deduce, from that, the likelihood, among at least some, of behavior that would or should give potential patients pause.

Posted on 07/04/2007 10:41 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Hindu Temples

NEW DELHI: The much-revered Tirupati shrine is on the jehadi outfits’ terror radar according to latest intelligence inputs which also list Sai Baba’s temple at Shirdi and the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai as likely terror targets...

The major shrines to witness jehadi attacks so far include the Akshardham temple in Gujarat, Sankatmochan temple in Varanasi, Ram Lalla temple in Ayodhya, Raghunath temple in Jammu, besides a mosque in Malegaon, Jama Masjid in Delhi and, more recently, the Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad.--from this news item

I have a two-volume set, edited by Sita Ram Goel, which consists entirely of listings, page after page, of temples and temple complexes destroyed by Muslim invaders. Many thousands must be listed in this book. But how many others remain to be discovered and listed in a future edition, and how many at present, or in the future, and beyond the prying eyes of the press, are being destroyed or will be destroyed by Muslims in Pakistan, in Bangladesh, and apparently, in India itself?

Posted on 07/04/2007 10:45 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Sunrise over Crazy Horse memorial

Dawn on 4th July in the Black Hills of Dakota.  I don't know what time this was local time but it is my favourite of the several images I captured from the nearby webcam this morning between 10 and 11 am UK time.


Posted on 07/04/2007 10:56 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Muslim Countries Have Some Explaining To Do

“The US really needs to be friendly to Muslim countries,” he [Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar] told retired Malaysian diplomats. “This is not a good development as they have just appointed a special envoy to OIC.” Malaysia heads the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Conference.-- from this news article

Why do we "need to be friendly to Muslim countries"? Muslim countries need to explain themselves, and the contents of Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira, which are now widely available to Infidels for intelligent inspection and study without the apologists -- whether Muslim (those safis, those nasrs, those khalidis) or non-Muslim (those armstrongs, those espositos, those ernsts). We have available the writings of the great Western authorities on Islam, who studied and wrote in the period 1870-1970, before the Arab money came on the scene to buy up pre-existing, or to even start up, academic "Centers" for the study of Islam or matters related to Islam, before Muslims and non-Muslim apologists for Islam began their steady creep into, and rise within, the academic ranks, until now they hold all but a few places firmly in their grasp, long before the publishers got scared, long before academic standards collapsed, long before all kinds of things. We can read Schacht and Snouck Hurgronje and Jeffery and Lammens and Zwemer -- there is no preventing it. And since what they write makes so much sense, since it has such obvious explanatory value, as compared to the vaporings of John Esposito, or Gilles Kepel, or Noah ("After Jihad") Feldman, or any other entrepreneurs who have made their fortune (Esposito) directly or indirectly through Arab support, or thrusting young academics (Noah Feldman), having presented themselves as Constitution-writing "experts" and given jobs and even tenure by others who haven't looked into Islam themselves and may be mightily impressed by letters of reference from Roy Mottahedeh and John Esposito and, of course, someone in the American government thanking someone for his "important work in drafting the Iraqi constitution" -- no, we don't have to go for them for our information or understanding.

And that is why we owe the Muslim countries nothing: we understand, now, what explains in a place like Malaysia, for example, the disguised JIzyah of the Bumiputra system, or the malevolence of the O.I.C. speech which Mahathir Mohamad delivered, to great applause, a few years ago. We know now more about Malaysia, and other Muslim countries ("but they're not monolithic" -- no, they're not, in dress and food and a few things like that, but the ideology makes them all into Arab wannabes, and the ideology stamps out, and would stamp out everywhere if it could, anything but Islam).

Neither the U.S. nor any other Infidel country "needs to be friendly" to Muslim countries. Quite the reverse. They had better start understanding that in our understanding, there is no going back, and it is they who have a great deal of explaining to do -- if they can do it.

Posted on 07/04/2007 11:57 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Mosque leader in burqa escape bid
The leader of a radical mosque besieged by Pakistani security forces in Islamabad has been caught trying to escape wearing a woman's burqa.
Security forces seized Maulana Abdul Aziz as he tried to leave the Red Mosque amid a crowd of women.
The deputy commissioner of police in Islamabad, Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, described how the cleric tried to escape wearing the all-enveloping dress worn by Muslim women.
"The maulana came out of the mosque with a group of girls wearing a burqa and carrying a handbag. The girls protested when he was stopped. But officers were suspicious and after a search, Maulana Abdul Aziz was identified and arrested," he told the BBC.
Another security official told AFP that the cleric had been picked out because of his "unusual demeanour".
"The rest of the girls looked like girls, but he was taller and had a pot belly," the official said.
Spot the odd man out. Picture from The Telegraph Gallery of yesterday's events at the Lal Masjid.

Posted on 07/04/2007 2:27 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Sean Delonas in the NY Post
Posted on 07/04/2007 2:56 PM by John Derbyshire
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Strong Words
Posted on 07/04/2007 4:44 PM by Rebecca Bynum

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