Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Bleeding Israel
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by G. Murphy Donovan (July 2016)

Hillary Clinton has a lot going for her in 2016. Among her primary assets we might list genitals (aka “first woman”), Bill’s and Barack’s coattails, pastel pant suits, felons, feminists, plus sizes, dependents, gender benders, hyphenated minorities, and anti-Semites.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 12:29 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Another Sabitri
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by Dilip Mohapatra (July 2016)

Shuffling of boots of the security men

on the hospital's cobble stoned courtyard

where the national flag is to be hoisted

on the Republic Day  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:52 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Hijaz
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by Brandon Marlon (July 2016)

Heat dements rival sheikhs intent on a gymkhana
to determine superior breeding among stables;
shaded by canopies and awnings,
tastemakers rate every caracole and gambade,  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:47 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Entropology:
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by James Como (July 2016)

This rabbit hole is ours, we the guild

who write ‘sonnets’ with a fifteenth line,

and hip-hop a waltz to four-four time,  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:42 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
A Bare Day
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by Bibhu Padhi (July 2016)

The last sleep was long.

Was it sleep at all?

A mere drama of rest  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:38 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Among Love’s Turnings: Two Poems
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by Evelyn Hooven (July 2016)

MORNING SONG

 

Waking, crossing

This threshold

While you sleep there,  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:34 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Jamshid the Persian and Waraka the Arabian in the Indian Court of Harshavardhana
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by A. Human Being (July 2016)

January 11, 630 AD: Kanauj, The Harsha Empire, Central Bharata (India)

Once upon a time in the far off land of Bharata, east of Arabia, lived a great king named Harshavardhana, who was known far and wide for not only having united north India and being crowned Maharaja at the young age of sixteen, but for ruling the citizens of this vast land with great justice and wisdom.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:28 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Gotham City, Zone III, 2085
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by James LePore (July 2016)

When the brain chip was invented and put into use that was the beginning of the end. They’re probably listening to me right now as I write this. If not, their key-word engine will alert them to me very quickly, probably before I’m done typing.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:23 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Kosti’s Ramón
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by Richard Kostelanetz (July 2016)

For my friend Tere (Gonzalez Minguez).

Having produced appropriate book-art homages to Guillaume Apollinaire (known to his friends as Kostro) and to Nathanael West (commonly called Pep), among others, I’d like to do likewise by another modern writer to whom I am increasingly sympathetic—the Spaniard Ramón Gomez de la Serna (1887-1963), known even to strangers only as Ramón.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:16 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
The Waning Age of Accidental Saints
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by Joe Bissonnette (July 2016)

"Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”  Twelfth Night

It is the most memorable line in the play, placed in the mouth of the least attractive character, the puritanical Malvolio whose name means ‘ill will’. But it is in our response to Malvolio that Shakespeare turns the screw.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 8:09 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Shakespeare’s House of Cards: An Anniversary Celebration
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by David P. Gontar (July 2016)

On March 10, 1613 the renowned English playwright William Shakespeare bought for 140 pounds a dwelling place in Blackfriars, London. This innocent act perplexes a few renegade antiquarians who ask, Since the gentleman retired to Stratford-on-Avon in that self-same year of 1613, where he spent his sunset years from 1613 to 1616, how and why did he acquire a London residence when, presumably, he was just vacating one?  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:57 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Latest North Korean Missiles Tests Raise Questions about Missile Defense
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by Jerry Gordon (July 2016)

On May 6, 2016, a panel was held on “Naval Aviation - Today and Tomorrow,” at the National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida. There, Admiral William "Bill" Gortney, retiring NORAD Commander, raised the matter of how "hot the Korean Peninsula" has become. He was concerned about threats from missile and nuclear testing by North Korea.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:51 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Where is the American Muslim Babe Ruth?
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by Norman Berdichevsky (July 2016)

On December 22, 1942, just a year from the attack on Pearl harbor, an ad was placed in The New York Times expressing the devotion and patriotism of loyal German-Americans to the United States, and their determined opposition to Nazi tyranny and the cold blooded extermination of the Jews of Europe and the barbarities committed against other peoples that was corrupting the soul of the German people expressed by the words “We utterly repudiate” every thought and deed of the Nazis.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:46 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
The Sunni-Shia Divide and Islam’s Puzzling Origins
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by Emmet Scott (July 2016)

In my Impact of Islam (2014) and Guide to the Phantom Dark Age (2014) I argued in some detail that Muhammad was a fictitious character conjured to life by the Umayyad Caliphs in the late seventh century in order to justify and legitimize the Arab usurpation of the Persian Sassanid Empire.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:41 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
The Ethnic Turks of Germany, Or “We Didn’t Expect That”
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by Hugh Fitzgerald (July 2016)

The Turks were the first large group of Muslims to move into Western Europe, beginning in the early 1960s, when Turkish men were brought to Germany as Gastarbeiter (“Guest Workers”) at the time of Germany’s boom or “economic miracle.”  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:37 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Playing It Straight: The Gay Response to Islamic Terror
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by Timothy D. Lusch (July 2016)

One could be forgiven for being mystified by the response of the LGBT community following Omar Mateen’s history making massacre in June. The response, of course, inhered in the usual pledges of solidarity and cyber support, calls for cross cultural unity, and the ever popular accusations of homophobia (accusations that ring hollow after evidence emerged that Mateen may have been gay).  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:32 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Brexit: Keep Calm and Carry On
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by Conrad Black (July 2016)

The immediate reaction to the Brexit vote in the international media and financial markets illustrates again the complacency and vacuity of the governing elites of the West. There was never any reason to imagine the Remainers would win on the basis of the piffle that David Cameron brought back from Brussels.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:26 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Hyphenated America
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by G. Murphy Donovan (July 2016)

“It’s always good to be underestimated.” – Donald Trump

Matters of form, not substance, are the things that get Donald Trump in trouble with the media and the establishment in 2016. Trump has not mastered the Orwellian arts; empty words, doublespeak, vacuous promises, and cluelessness.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:22 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
The Multi-Cultural Scam and the Victimology Racket
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by Samuel Hux (July 2016)

The black intellectual at this moment in American cultural history is sitting pretty. He is after all the one the white liberal yields to in matters of race; he gives the marching orders. “The black intellectual” sounds a bit too inclusive because logically it has to include people like Thomas Sowell. But we all know that the designation is really exclusivemore>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:17 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
“That’s Who We Are”
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by Hugh Fitzgerald (July 2016)

On June 23, Barack Obama expressed some unhappiness with the Supreme Court. By a vote of 4-4, a tie that effectively upheld a lower court’s ruling, the Court blocked Obama’s attempt, through Executive Orders, to protect from deportation millions of illegal immigrants who were the parents of U.S. citizens, or permanent residents, and to institute a program providing similar protections for young undocumented aliens.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:13 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Trump Tells the Truth on Islamist Terror
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by Conrad Black (July 2016)

It is with extreme reluctance that I endorse anything uttered by the television pontificator Bill Maher. He is in every aspect slovenly, and in all matters affects a world-weary, comedic-nihilist fatigue with the entire human cavalcade. But miracles do occur, even in the banal sphere of TV comedy.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:09 AM by NER
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Tortured by Circumstance
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by Theodore Dalrymple (July 2016)

I once had a patient who claimed to have been a torturer in the Syrian army. Unfortunately for him, he failed to give satisfaction in this capacity or otherwise fell out with his employers, and found himself in receipt of the attentions that he had not long before given to others. I suppose this is not an uncommon trajectory among torturers.  more>>>

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Posted on 06/29/2016 7:03 AM by NER
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Sydney: Muslim Man Arrested and Charged After Two Violent Rapes
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In at least one of the various reports this ethnically-Turkish (to go by his surname) Muslim rapist - who snatched one of his victims, a thirteen year old girl, straight off the street in broad daylight - is pictured and can be seen to be wearing the typical Islamic beard as prescribed by the Sunnah - a mass of bushy chin-hair but a weirdly-bare upper lip.    And although there are violent rapists not a few within the general Infidel population they cannot justify their conduct by referring to non-Muslim law or religion; whereas the fact remains that the conduct of Muslim rapists mirrors that of their cult-founder.  Mohammed, the 'perfect man', an 'excellent example of conduct', whom all pious Muslim males are enjoined to imitate in every detail, was a rapist and slave-trader who felt entitled to seize non-Islamic females and use them as he pleased and who approved of his followers doing likewise. 

Here is the ABC's Siobhan Fogarty reporting on an ugly episode that does not surprise any person who has been following the news out of Europe lately, or who is aware of what Muslim males routinely do to females of the vulnerable non-Muslim minorities in Islamic Egypt or Islamic Pakistan, not to mention the many, many Muslim kidnappings and rapes of non-Muslim females in Northern Nigeria and in Iraq and Syria.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-26/man-charged-with-two-sex-attacks-after-high-speed-bondi-chase/7544400

'Man Charged With Two Sex Attacks After High-Speed Bondi Chase'

'A man charged with two sexual assaults, including one where a 13 year old girl was allegedly held at knifepoint, has been refused bail.

'Mustafa Kayiri, 26, was arrested at Bondi on Saturday after a police pursuit through the suburbs.

'Police said the first alleged attack happened last Sunday, when a 22 year old woman was assaulted and robbed by a man armed with a black handgun in a CBD motel.

'On Friday a 13 year old girl was allegedly kidnapped by the same man in Parramatta and sexually assaulted.

'Appearing at Parramatta Bail Court via video link on Sunday afternoon Kayirici was refused bail.

'Kayirici's face was heaivly bruised and his left eyelid closed up.  The court ws told he had blurred vision in his right eye.

Oh, poor little Muslim rapist and kidnapper!  Cue the cries of 'police brutality' and 'racism' in 3, 2, 1...  Other reports upon this episode indicate that the injuries (serves him right!) were basically self-inflicted, sustained a/ when he crashed his car whilst fleeing from the pursuing police who had presumably identified his car from the testimony of his victim or by other means such as CCTV footage, and b/ when he - with extreme violence, as witnessed by bystanders - subsequently resisted arrest. - CM

'He argued with is legal aid lawyer Alexander Reetov, demanding he represent himself.

Observe the arrogance and total disconnect from reality. - CM

"Right now I'm innocent".

All Muslims, according to the Mohammedan world view, are categorically innocent (unless declared to be in breach of the sharia by someone more-Islamic-than-thou) and all Infidels qua Infidels are categorically guilty.   The more deeply Islamic he is the less likely he is to perceive himself as having done anything wrong at all, in treating infidel whores and sluts exactly as Islam tells him they require to be treated.  And brazen denial of wrongdoing is also hardwired into the honor-shame mentality that Islam inculcates. - CM

"They're accusing me of stuff I didn't do", he said.

The evidence on his own mobile phone, proudly filmed by himself, decrees otherwise. As does the testimony of his terrorised victims. - CM

'Police said the child victim was walking along a Parramatta street about 8 am on Friday when she was allegedly grabbed.

'It is alleged Kayirici drove off with her in his car and sexually assaulted her at Merrylands, Telopea, Ermington and Homebush.

'Police said the assaults occurred between 8 am and 1 pm.

In broad daylight. He grabbed her off the street in broad daylight and raped her, repeatedly, in broad daylight. - CM

'Kayirici is facing multiple charges including 12 counts of aggravated sexual assault against a person under 16.

'Police prosecutor Sergeant Ben Bragger strongly opposed bail, saying female members of the community could find themselves in "extreme danger".

Police do not say things like this lightly.  If they think he's a menace then he is.  It is a pity that he or his parents were ever admitted into Australia. - CM

"It is an extreme offence and if convicted he could spend the rest of his life in prison", Sergeant Bragger told the court.  "It is a strong prosecution case.  Bail would be unthinkable."

'Magistrate John Bailey told the accused he represented a huge risk to the safety of the community.

The evidence presented by the police must have been pretty damning. - CM

'Police said neither of the females were known to the alleged attacker.

'Kayirici was spotted driving through Bondi on Saturday by police, and chased through a public park, before his car crashed near the junction of Old South Head Road and Flood Street, where it became wedged behind a bus stop.

'He was taken to Waverley Police Station before being treated in a hospital.

'Detectives from the Sex Crimes Squad are leading the investigation.

'He is due to appear in Central Local Court via video link on June 30."

Now for the Sydney Morning Herald version, which tells us just how this creature acquired the injuries that were visible in his court appearance.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/man-charged-over-violent-sydney-sex-attacks-20160625-gprz4q.html

'Man Charged Over Violent Sydney Sex Attacks'

'A m an has been charged over two violent sex assaults in Sydney, including one in which he allegedly kidnapped a 13 year old girl at knifepoint.

'Police say the first attack happened early last Sunday morning, when a 22 year old woman was sexually assaulted and robbed in an inner-city motel room by a man armed with a gun.

'On Friday morning the 13 year old was kidnapped in Parramatta and sexually assaulted at various places around southwest Sydney.

'Police say that when they tried to stop the 26 year old man in his car in Bondi on Saturday morning, he refused to stop, leading police on a pursuit through the area until he crashed into a parked car.

'Witnesses say the vehicle was driven off Orr Street, through a park and along the footpath of Old South Head Road, before crashing into a bus-stop and the wall of a residential block on the pavement of the busy eastern suburbs road.  The Ford crashed into a parked vehicle, police said.

'Around 15 police cars are said to have responded to the incident, including undercover police and highway patrol vehicles.

'Undercover detectives wearing bullet-proof vests were seen running to the scene and both lanes of the road were temporarily closed.

'One Old South Head resident said the driver "put up one hell of a fight" before being arrested.

"I was sitting next to the window having breakfast... Fortunately he didn't hit my fence, but he jammed himself up there", the witness said.  "There were about four police cars behind him and police coming the other way.  Without any exaggeration, there were 15 police cars here in about one minute.  The police were attempting to remove him from the car and he was putting up one hell of a fight against them."

'The 26 year old has been charged with a string of offences, including 12 counts of aggravated sexual assault against a person under 16 years of age, robbery whilst armed, and kidnapping..".

Following in the footsteps of the rapist, child-rapist, caravan-robber and slave-taker, Mohammed. - CM

Yet more detail in another report from the Sydney Morning Herald's Ava Benny-Morrison and Michaela Whitbourn.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/man-charged-after-two-alleged-sex-attacks-in-sydney-20160626-gps0zp.html

'Man Charged After Two Alleged Sex Attacks in Sydney

'A Sydney man (i.e. Sydney-based Muslim man - CM) allegedly raped a young woman he met through an escort agency, before going on to kidnap and rape a 13 year old girl from the city's west five days later.

'The alleged sex offender's time on the run came to a dramatic end on Saturday when his car ploughed into a bus stop on a Bondi street during a car chase with police.

'Detectives had been searching for Mustafa Kayirici, 26, since June 19 after a 22 year old woman was allegedly sexually assaulted and robbed in the CBD.

Click on the link; this is the article that showed him sporting his typical 'jihadi beard', the type of beard usually affected by super-pious Mohammedans. - CM

'Five days later, on Friday, he allegedly kidnapped a 13 year old girl in Parramatta.  It is understood Mr Kayirici did not know the teen but managed to lure her to him.

And then got out the knife... - CM

'At a dramatic hearing in Parramatta Local Court on Sunday, police prosecutor Sergeant Ben Bragger said bail would be "unthinkable".

'Mr Kayirici appeared via video link, his face badly bruised and his eyes swollen almost shut. The court heard he had blurred vision only in his right eye.

I don't feel sorry for him one little bit.  He did it all to himself.  Had he quietly submitted to arrest when first challenged by police, he would be just fine. Instead he bolted, crashed his car (which probably accounts for some of the injuries) and then ran amok whilst being arrested.   I observe we are not given the details of what physical injury he inflicted on his two victims, including the 13 year old girl; but we are told the assaults were 'violent' and given the energy the police devoted to the chase and the arrest, and the urgency with which they demanded that bail be refused, those injuries cannot have been trivial. - CM

"They're making out I'm an evil person, like I'm a paedophile rapist predator", he said.

Yep. That's exactly what you are , mate. You seized a 13 year old girl off the street in broad daylight and repeatedly, violently sexually assaulted her.  - CM

"I'm all over the news and it's wrong".

You would say that, because as a Muslim you've been taught a massive sense of entitlement vis a vis the filthy Infidels, haven't you?  In the sharia the testimony of a Dhimmi is always overridden by that of a Muslim.  And the testimony of females, in any case of sexual misconduct, is not admitted. - CM

'He promptly withdrew instructions from a Legal Aid solicitor and insisted on representing himself in his application for bail.

"This is completely a lie", he said of the allegations against him.

I believe the police and the victims, mate.  You're just doing what malignant narcissists - and Mohammedans are raised in a cult that programs people to be malignant narcissists with a truly megalomaniacal sense of entitlement - always do even when caught red-handed.  For more on the mindset of the likes of Mustafa Kayiri, our readers should consult the writings of psychologist Niccolai Sennels, notably his book "Among Criminal Muslims". - CM

"He said that he took "camera footage" when he slept with women so they couldn't "cry rape" after the fact.

"The point is, I've got it all on footage.  I know I'm innocent.  I did not know that this person is 13'.

Really? - CM

'She lied about her age (Really? - CM).  Everything is consensual" Mr Kayirici said.

'He asked whether his 'missus' or other family members were in court.

"There is nobody here" Magistrate John Bailey said.

'Sergeant Bragger told the court that "significant evidence" that was "highly inculpatory" of Mr Kayirici had been uncovered, including evidence in his car, and CCTV footage "showing the two parties together".

'The case could already be described as "very strong", Sergeant Bragger said.

 I'll bet my bottom dollar, given the urgency with which the police acted and the urgency that they are exhibiting in court, that all the phone footage boastfully shot by the mohammedan rapist and kidnapper, together with the CCTV footage, makes it pretty damn plain to any sane and decent Infidel that neither female wanted anything to do with Mr Mustafa Kayirici and that they were most emphatically not consenting to what he was doing to them. - CM

The two cases were similar enough in nature for there to be grave concerns that "female members of the community" would be in "extreme danger" if Mr Kayirici were released on bail, he said.

'Magistrate Bailey refused bail, saying that Mr Kayirici was "a huge risk to the safety of the community.

'Fairfax Media understands Mr Kayirici had arranged to meet the 22 year old woman at a Park St motel through an escort service.

'He is accused of turning up to the appointment with a gun, before assaulting and robbing the woman.

Exactly as happened in a recent case - also involving a Muslim and an infidel 'lady of the night' - that came before the courts in Canberra.  Memo to Infidel ladies of negotiable affection; if the 'john' is in fact an 'Ali'... don't. Just don't.  Steer clear of Mohammedan customers, for they cheat, rape and rob.  - CM

'Mr Kayirici, who was carrying a knife, allegedly sexually assaulted the 13 year old girl on Friday at various locations in Sydney...

'It is unclear how the teenager got away.

Perhaps the cops aren't saying in order not to give other potential predators ideas about how to keep their prey from escaping. - CM

'On Saturday morning police tried to pull over a silver Ford sedan Mr Kayirici was driving on Bondi Rd, but he allegedly led them on a chase...".

Why did Australia feel the need to import Turkish Muslims like Mr Kayirici (or perhaps, his parents, if he was born here)?  Or any other kind of Muslim?  The more Muslims we have in our midst the less safe we are; and the most vulnerable amongst us, such as the 13 year old girl that this Mohammedan rapist seized off the street in broad daylight at knife-point, are the least safe. - CM

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Posted on 06/28/2016 3:44 PM by Christina McIntosh
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016
'36 Dead' As Explosions Rock Istanbul Airport
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From Sky News  

Ten people have been killed in explosions at the main airport in Istanbul, Turkey's justice minister is reported to have said. Two suspects blew themselves up at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, government officials said. Their explosives were detonated before they went throw the X-ray machine, officials said.

Gunfire was reportedly heard at the scene, while footage showed people running for cover as armed men stand outside the building.

Around 40 people had been taken to hospital, Haberturk reported.

One of the explosions happened at the domestic terminal, while another was at the international terminal, NTV reported.

Taxis were ferrying the wounded from the hospital, witnesses told CNN Turk.

UPDATE: Death Toll has risen to 36. All signs point to ISIS.

 

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Posted on 06/28/2016 3:03 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwaxe
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016
Brexit is an Opportunity
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by Conrad Black

There remain a few things to write about the British vote to leave the European Union. The current hysteria is the usual mindless idiocy of financial specialists who don’t know anything about politics or strategic issues, especially when they unfold in foreign countries. It will pass quickly and, even if the U.K. does leave the EU, the economic effects will be neutral all round. The Treaty of Europe and its tenebrous thicket of a Constitution provide two years for negotiation, and despite all the huffing and blustering in Brussels, both sides will make a good-faith effort to salvage as much of the relationship as possible while liberating the long-suffering British public from excessive Euro-regulation.

There is no element in this of British hostility to Europe: The British like Europe and vice versa, and all can go on celebrating the fact that these countries are no longer making war on each other every few years as they did for centuries. Britain’s hostility is to the arrogant, power-hungry, supranational apparatus in Brussels that is not accountable or responsible to the constituent states in the European Union or to the talking shop of a European Parliament, which has no authority and more interpreters than legislators.

This event must be seen in the context of British history. William the Conqueror in 1066, Charles II returning from exile in France in 1660, William III arriving from the Netherlands in 1687 to overturn his father-in-law, and George I who came from Hanover in 1714 to assume the lateral succession to the Stuart monarchs, all maintained contact and even authority in the countries that were their points of departure. But in the end, Great Britain always opts for the blue water —  Empire, Commonwealth, and America — though it is always interested in Europe. It is as it has been: “of Europe but not in it.”

In recent times, Edward Heath took Britain cock-a-hoop into Europe in 1972. He was anti-American and even banned U.S. intelligence flights from British bases in Cyprus in the Yom Kippur War of 1973, and refused to supply spare parts to Israel for Centurion tanks Israel had acquired from Britain (even though the war was launched by a surprise attack by Egypt and Syria). When Margaret Thatcher was elected prime minister in 1979, she remained in what was then the European Economic Community but proved a hard negotiator for greater economic benefits from it for her country. As the drive was mounted to make what had been an economic community into a politically united federation seeking “ever closer union,” she balked and her party pushed her out, in favor of people that would be more accommodating and less confrontational toward Europe. It was vintage British preference for havering and wittering and offering slight reservations quietly and trying to suck and blow at the same time, endlessly repeating that “Europe is coming our way.” This was the line of all Thatcher’s successors: John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and David Cameron. It was all a confidence trick, even if sincerely motivated. There are vast reservations in Europe about the always growing appetite for authority in Brussels, but the French, in particular, were waiting for the British to lead, so France could play a duplicitous double game — benefiting from whatever decentralization Britain could achieve while unctuously claiming fidelity to the closer union.

Now Britain is back to the starting gate, but its position is enviable: Europe will make some concessions to keep Britain, as the EU’s largest customer, accessible. London will be more attractive than ever as a financial center, at least until the Obama reign of terror on Wall Street ends (and his most demonstrative corporate supporters, whom he has savaged, such as Jamie Dimon, can go back to sleeping at night). The top tier of the old Commonwealth — Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and India (conditionally on its seriously pulling itself together) — would welcome a revival of some level of solidarity with the British, and as a group these countries have as large a GDP as China. Any post-Obama administration (like any of the presidents between Hoover and George W. Bush) would be happy to warm up relations with the U.K. The idea that Northern Ireland is suddenly going to change majorities and opt for union with the Republic of Ireland, or that Scotland sees a fast track to secession from the United Kingdom and entry into the European Union, is just morning-after moonshine.

The United States has effectively squandered the immense strategic and economic preeminence that had been accumulated at the end of the Reagan era, and the United Kingdom has fumbled away most of the economic solidity and international prestige that had been amassed in the Thatcher years. There are superficial resemblances between the Leavers and the Trump movement: resentment of trade inequalities and ill-considered immigration policies that generate unemployment; resentment of incompetent, disconnected, and disdainful government; and anger that patriotic values are ignored or even despised. But the Leavers are led by people — Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and Jacob Rees-Mogg — as socioeconomically distinguished as the Remainers. They were young fogeys in Thatcher’s time and are ultra-educated scions of the establishment, or at least the upper middle class. They are extremely articulate, even by Oxbridge standards, but they are Churchillians in spirit and Thatcherites economically: the eloquent backbone of the nation, not rabble rousers. Nor do they have the background of Trump — a flamboyant developer, impresario, and television personality. The UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, is closer to a populist, and the Conservatives should welcome him into their ranks. But the leading Conservative Leavers have both tapped middle- and working-class fear and rage and end-run their peers in the political elites.

This is a factional change of great consequence within Britain, seeking the repatriation of sovereignty. Every British Conservative leader. since Stanley Baldwin got a good look at the Nazis and retired in 1937, has either been pushed out, or quit just before being pushed out — even the great ones, Mr. Churchill and Mrs. Thatcher. It is a ruthless party and the factions rotate between trendy “modernizers” (one of David Cameron’s many questionable claims for himself), and both social (upper-class) and commercial (bourgeois) conservatives. But the Johnson-Gove-Rees-Mogg group looks set for a long time. The opposition Labour Party is in shambles, the old Liberal Democrats have virtually disintegrated, and the provincial agitprop organizations like the Scots Nationalists make no pretense to any views relevant to governing the country as a whole.

In the U.S., the centrists in both parties have barely retained control, as Mrs. Clinton has had to make a sharp opportunistic detour to the left to fend off the avowed socialist, Bernie Sanders. And Donald Trump had to go farther polemically than most people were comfortable with on immigration and trade, to scoop up the Archie Bunker vote, and to disguise the fact that he is a centrist and to the left of most of the other Republican candidates except Kasich, especially to the left of runner-up Ted Cruz.

It is getting too late in the American Bataan March to Election Day to bother with predictions. Trump has a comfortable lead on the economy, immigration, and national security, including dealing with terrorists. Mrs. Clinton is carrying more baggage than the Queen Mary, and if Trump can just focus on the main issues and stop babbling and fulminating in ways that make even natural supporters nervous about whether he is up to the job he seeks, he will win. What he has achieved up to now is astonishing; he has made his point and surely he has the intelligence to finish the job now that the hard part (prior to governing) is over.

A place where the Brexit vote should concentrate American attention is on the utter failure of U.S. foreign policy toward Britain and Europe for 60 years, except for the Nixon and Reagan administrations. President Eisenhower brought West Germany brilliantly into the Western Alliance, but made a mistake in ignoring Charles de Gaulle’s efforts to get an upgraded status for his country, which it earned in the subsequent decade. President Kennedy had the insane idea of folding British and French nuclear weapons into an integrated force under American command; he was incapable of understanding that Britain and France did not wish to be treated like Kentucky and Nebraska. President Nixon saw the dangers of a united Europe as potentially neutral in the Cold War and not a force in which the British — if subsumed into it, especially under the anti-American Edward Heath — could be relied upon as a durable ally. President Carter bought entirely into the idealism of European unity without, as usual, detecting the strategic implications, as the dream was largely fueled by a mad ambition to reconstitute Europe as the center of the political universe. President Reagan, with his close association with Margaret Thatcher and strong leadership at the end of the Cold War, saw it all plainly. But the Bushes and Clintons and Obama, as in so many areas, drank the wrong Kool-Aid, and didn’t detect that a united Europe directed by undemocratic institutions run by almost anonymous people could become a Frankenstein monster.

The Germans don’t mind, because they will be in charge and they are used to regimentation. Chancellor Kohl said, “a European Germany and not a German Europe,” and there will probably be a hard-currency German bloc including the Dutch, Poles, Austrians, Czechs, and the Baltic and Scandinavian countries (except Norway). The Mediterranean countries, except for France in the higher stages of its cycles, never pay any attention to what governments do and are contemptuous of all of them and don’t really care. The British are different and have shown that, and more leading American statesmen in the last two generations than Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, and George Shultz should have noticed that. Brexit is an opportunity, for the United Kingdom, for Europe, for the serious countries in the Commonwealth, and for the United States.

First published in National Review Online.

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Posted on 06/28/2016 10:53 AM by Conrad Black
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