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Thursday, 31 July 2008
Thai Teacher Murdered
The jihad against Thai teachers continues.
 

Insurgents kill a local school teacher in Pattani


Akom Suwanawong, 57, a resident of Pattani's Tambon Sabarang, was shot dead at close range while riding his motorbike to the school this morning.

 

Police said the attackers made off with Akom's 9mm handgun.

Note that teachers in "restive" Southern Thailand need to arm themselves with handguns, and that is still not sufficient to survive. 

 

Meanwhile, Narathiwat police were going through the closed circuit video to look for suspects who may have placed the bomb at the outdoor market Thursday.

 

Eleven of the 23 injured have been released from the hospital yesterday afternoon after receiving minor treatment.

 

The attack came amid claims of limited success by the authorities, pointing to the drop of the number of attacks. In 2007, more than 100 public schools came under arson attacks. But in 2008, up to now, only ten schools have been attacked.

While the ability to look for a silver lining is admirable, we need to change our immigration policies so that we are never forced to be this grateful for such an intolerable situation.

 

But analysts said using the decline in the number of attacks was misleading because a number of attacks over the recent months have been much more deadly and intense, inflicting serious casualties.

 

While intelligence appeared to have been improved some what, the drop on attacks on public schools did not reflect on the working of the state security apparatus, whose policy remained largely the same as previous years.

Posted on 07/31/2008 9:08 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Thursday, 31 July 2008
A Musical Interlude: Love Is The Sweetest Thing (Ray Noble Orch., Al Bowlly)
Posted on 07/31/2008 8:31 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Big Kid or Kidult?

by Esmerelda Weatherwax


I keep hearing about this modern phenomenon “the kidult”. Supposedly someone who is old enough to know better who has not yet grown up. Where have I heard that? I thought. Not from my late parents but from certain relatives of the born middle aged variety.
I get “When are you going to get your hair cut? You can’t still have long hair when you are 30/40/50/55” (I am now 54) from my older and bossy cousin. I think “When are you going to stop dying yours, you can’t have bottle blonde hair at 60?” but I say nothing. Because she cannot accuse me of “needing to grow up”. Not with my and my husband’s track record of responsible work history, proven family responsibility (coping with illness, bereavement, childrearing etc.) and all round reliability.  more...

Posted on 07/31/2008 6:32 PM by NER
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Crying All the Way to the Bank

by Mary Jackson

 
Nothing ventured, nothing gained” is a cliché, but it has served us well, because it appeals to our sense of fair play. Those who take risks and make sacrifices for uncertain rewards deserve those rewards if they come. more...
Posted on 07/31/2008 6:29 PM by NER
Thursday, 31 July 2008
La Forza del Destino, or, Arnie, the Camel of Death

by John M. Joyce


Some few years ago I acquired an attractive little cottage buried deep in the heart of the Scottish countryside. It is situated some thirty miles west of Inverburgh (twinned with Casterbridge), which is the nearest shopping centre, and to reach it one has to traverse the narrow, winding and single-track country lanes which cross the sparsely inhabited but very beautiful landscape of the Highlands of Scotland. One has to be very careful not to get lost whilst travelling those roads, for very few of the junctions possess signposts and such signage as there is makes little sense – and is invariably written in Gaelic!  more...

 
Posted on 07/31/2008 6:23 PM by NER
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Art with a Capital F

by Mary Jackson

Once or twice I have gone along to a “Sing-it-yourself Messiah”. The drill is as it sounds: you go to a public building of some kind, usually a Church, but sometimes a theatre or concert hall; you bring your own score of Handel’s Messiah, pick a part and – you’ve guessed it – sing it yourself. Same drill with Sing-along-a-Sound-of-Music by the lake near Kenwood House. You turn up, and you sing. Usually you pay, and the proceeds go to charity. All good fun.  
Now suppose you attended, as I did last Christmas, a performance of Handel’s Messiah at London’s Barbican Hall. Expecting to hear The Sixteen, conducted by its founder Harry Christopher, you find that the stage is empty, there is a photocopied score on your seat, a CD stands in for the orchestra, and you must “sing it yourself”. That wouldn’t be fun at all. And even if it were, would it be art?  more...
Posted on 07/31/2008 6:19 PM by NER
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Behind the Veil at the Islamic Saudi Academy

by Jerry Gordon and Isabelle Cruz


Last month we chronicled in a New English Review
article the nearly 25 year saga of citizen opposition to the Islamic Saudi Academy (ISA), a Royal Saudi Embassy sponsored private school with two campuses located in Fairfax County, Virginia. The ISA is one of 20 such Saudi funded schools around the world with ties to the Kingdom’s Ministry of Education that espouses the strict Islamic doctrine of Wahhabism. more...
Posted on 07/31/2008 6:15 PM by NER
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Communist Party Support for Cuban Dictator Batista

by Norman Berdichevsky

 
The mindless support of the American and European Political Left for radical and “revolutionary leaders” has for the last ninety years preferred to ignore or “explain” the enormous contradictions between those regimes and leaders they have supported as “progressive” and the accepted jargon of political science discourse that Right means reactionary, “conservative” and/or ultra-nationalist, and religious whereas Left mean enlightened, beneficial to the working class, “liberal,“ secular and internationalist.  more...
Posted on 07/31/2008 6:02 PM by NER
Thursday, 31 July 2008
The Immigration Debate

by Rebecca Bynum


The New Case Against Immigration: Both Legal and Illegal
by Mark Krikorian
2008 (Sentinel Press, New York) 294 pp.

 In February 2006, New York Times columnist Tamar Jacoby spoke at a function in Phoenix at which time she grew increasingly exasperated at what she apparently thought was a lack of gratitude toward the tens of millions of Mexican immigrants on the part of ordinary conference goers. “Our entire economy is being built on the backs of these people!” she exclaimed, and seemingly could not understand how that could possibly be the very point of objection. At the risk of sounding presumptuous, I truly doubt Americans want our economy to be built on the backs of anyone, let alone an army of foreign labor used in conditions of near slavery. Judging by opinion polls and the level of our chosen birthrates, Americans would rather have a stable population that will cherish and preserve our historic and natural heritage, reduce pollution, control urban sprawl, and strengthen our social fabric while maintaining social mobility. Our federal policy of mass immigration undermines all that, usurping the collective long-term decisions of American society in favor of a few short-term business interests.  more...
Posted on 07/31/2008 5:58 PM by NER
Thursday, 31 July 2008
By Their Words Ye Shall Know Them

by Hugh Fitzgerald

 
John McCain declares that the Republican President he would most like to emulate is Theodore Roosevelt.

That's a good choice.

Theodore Roosevelt was against what he was the first to so memorably call the "malefactors of great wealth." We've got plenty of those.  more...
Posted on 07/31/2008 5:55 PM by NER
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Of Death and Transfiguration

by Theodore Dalrymple

One of the advantages of rehearsing your thoughts (or, more accurately, some of your thoughts) in public is that you often enter into friendly correspondence with interesting people. Of course, you also expose yourself to cranks and pedants, the latter ready to pounce upon the slightest error either of fact or grammar in what you have set down. They who have never published a word seem to read solely for the pleasure of finding something over which to pull authors up. (They would defend themselves, of course, by quoting Doctor Johnson on the right of people who never made a table nevertheless to criticise a table.)  more...

Posted on 07/31/2008 5:52 PM by NER
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Douglas Murray in Standpoint Magazine

Douglas Murray on the subject of islamophobia and related topics in this month’s edition of Standpoint magazine.
Britain’s first Muslim minister, Shahid Malik, declared on a Channel 4 Dispatches programme this month that: “I think most people would agree that if you ask Muslims today what do they feel like, they feel like the Jews of Europe.” Foreign readers ought not to fear that they’ve missed something here. There actually aren’t any concentration camps for Muslims in Britain. No Nuremberg laws have been passed.  Only the most excitable observer would attempt to claim that Belmarsh prison is truly Treblinka. But that paranoid assertion is gaining currency. Its first victims are Muslims in Britain who, instead of being persuaded to face up to their problems and eject the extremists from their midst, might easily be flattered into believing that it’s not even their problem.
Like fashion journalists searching for “the new black”, some guys just love identifying “the new Jews”. Never mind that with violent attacks on Jews in the UK at an all-time high, the new Jews might be, well, the old Jews: the search to identify criticism of Islam or Muslims with anti-Semitism is not only mistaken, it is calculated and deliberately diverting.Leading the effort is the former political editor of The Spectator, Peter Oborne, whose Channel 4 programme, It Shouldn’t Happen to a Muslim was the catalyst for the minister’s comments.
While gaining new rights prominent Muslims compare themselves to people who were stripped of all rights. Nice work.
The term “Islamophobia” is a crock for two reasons. The first is the fact that it is a deliberate attempt to conflate criticism of a belief-system with hatred of a people for the colour of their skin. Thus “Islamophobia” is neatly allied with the real horrors of racism.
But “Islamophobia” is also a nonsense term – though this is a far less popular aspect to point out – because a “phobia” is an “irrational fear”. “Claustrophobia” is irrational because enclosed spaces tend not to kill you. Being scared of small rooms is irrational. Exaggerated and faked stories abound in journalism. But despite this, and as a mounting death-toll asserts, there are a considerable number of reasons to be fearful of some – though certainly not all – aspects and versions of Islam. Women, gay men and Jews have particular reason to be fearful. As do commuters in major European cities and continental film-directors. It’s not “phobic” to be worried about Islam. It is eminently rational.

Posted on 07/31/2008 5:03 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 31 July 2008
World's Oldest Joke

An update to this story, from Reuters:

LONDON (Reuters) - The world's oldest recorded joke has been traced back to 1900 BC and suggests toilet humor was as popular with the ancients as it is today.
It is a saying of the Sumerians, who lived in what is now southern Iraq and goes: "Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband's lap."
Who says humor does not translate well?
It heads the world's oldest top 10 joke list published by the University of Wolverhampton Thursday.
A 1600 BC gag about a pharaoh, said to be King Snofru, comes second -- "How do you entertain a bored pharaoh? You sail a boatload of young women dressed only in fishing nets down the Nile and urge the pharaoh to go catch a fish."
King Snofru? I thought Tim Conway was the first comedian to use silly names in his humor. And no, I'm not going to comment on the fish joke.
The oldest British joke dates back to the 10th Century and reveals the bawdy face of the Anglo-Saxons -- "What hangs at a man's thigh and wants to poke the hole that it's often poked before? Answer: A key."
"Jokes have varied over the years, with some taking the question and answer format while others are witty proverbs or riddles," said the report's writer Dr Paul McDonald, senior lecturer at the university.
"What they all share however, is a willingness to deal with taboos and a degree of rebellion. Modern puns, Essex girl jokes and toilet humor can all be traced back to the very earliest jokes identified in this research."
Carry on.
Posted on 07/31/2008 12:42 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Man Beheaded on Manitoba Bus
 
BRANDON, MAN. — A young man travelling on a Greyhound bus was stabbed to death and beheaded by a stranger in a horrifying act of apparently random violence.

The incident occurred on a bus travelling from Edmonton to Winnipeg just before 10 p.m. Wednesday.

A man of about 18 who was sleeping with headphones on was suddenly attacked by his seat mate, according to the man who sat directly in front of them.

He was stabbed repeatedly with a large hunting knife, sending blood spraying across the interior of the bus. The driver quickly pulled over and passengers fled out the front door.

Posted on 07/31/2008 12:16 PM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Thursday, 31 July 2008
A Cinematic Musical Interlude: A Teenager In Love (Dennis Potter's Karaoke)
Posted on 07/31/2008 11:03 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Fatah, As Well As Hamas, Is Motivated By Islam

"You Jews should be aware: You will never, but never have peace with Hamas. Islam, as the ideology that guides them, will not allow them to achieve a peace agreement with the Jews. They believe that tradition says that the Prophet Mohammed fought against the Jews and that therefore they must continue to fight them to the death." [from this article in Haaretz] 
 

And since Fatah, just like Hamas, is based on Islam, "the ideology that guides them," and  those in Fatah, too, are Muslims, with that Islam as "the ideology that guides them," this defector from the Camp of Islam might, had he thought more, or had more time, have noted that the Israelis cannot rely on negotiations, peace-processing, or any treaties with either the Fast Jihadists of Hamas (his main subject) or -- just as, or even more important --  with the Slow Jihadists of Fatah.

And that goes for any "agreements" with other Arab Muslims as well. For the awareness of an Arab identity, of sharing in 'Uruba, reinforces Islam. It is true that, now and then, other Muslims, especially those who have a long history of enmity with Arabs, and for whom they feel an ill-concealed contempt, such as many Turks and Iranians do, may be willing, to the extent that their ethnic identity, and its historical associations, plays against rather than reinforces Islam (which may be dimly discerned by some as the vehicle for Arab supremacism that, in fact, it is), to make alliances of convenience, out of temporary self-interest, with Israel (it happened with the Shah, it has happened in the past with the secular Turkish military).

But really, in the end it is the ideology of Islam, and not merely the particular embodiment of that in Hamas, that should prompt Israel to seek not "peace" -- it has the "peace" it is going to get, and should simply work to make that "peace" a little more "peaceful" not through any concessions or treaties, but through more aggressive action -- but to make sure that the only true and permanent and reliable peacekeeper in the region, the IDF, remains just as strong, as well-equipped and well-commanded,  as it can be.


 

Posted on 07/31/2008 9:52 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Son Of Hamas Leader, Christian Convert, Forgets Taqiyyah, Tells All

Avi Issacharoff writes in Haaretz:

A moment before beginning his supper, Masab, son of West Bank Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, glances at the friend who has accompanied him to the restaurant where we met. They whisper a few words and then say grace, thanking God and Jesus for putting food on their plates.

It takes a few seconds to digest this sight: The son of a Hamas MP who is also the most popular figure in that extremist Islamic organization, a young man who assisted his father for years in his political activities, has become a rank-and-file Christian. "I'm now called Joseph," he says at the outset.

Masab knows that he has little hope of returning to visit the Holy Land in this lifetime. "I know that I'm endangering my life and am even liable to lose my father, but I hope that he'll understand this and that God will give him and my family patience and willingness to open their eyes to Jesus and to Christianity. Maybe one day I'll be able to return to Palestine and to Ramallah with Jesus, in the Kingdom of God."

Nor does he attempt to hide his affection for Israel, or his abhorrence of everything representing the surroundings in which he grew up: the nation, the religion, the organization.

"Send regards to Israel, I miss it. I respect Israel and admire it as a country," he says.

"You Jews should be aware: You will never, but never have peace with Hamas. Islam, as the ideology that guides them, will not allow them to achieve a peace agreement with the Jews. They believe that tradition says that the Prophet Mohammed fought against the Jews and that therefore they must continue to fight them to the death."

Is that the justification for the suicide attacks?

"More than that. An entire society sanctifies death and the suicide terrorists. In Palestinian culture a suicide terrorist becomes a hero, a martyr. Sheikhs tell their students about the 'heroism of the shaheeds.'"

And yet, in spite of the criticism of the place he left, California can't make the longings disappear.

"I miss Ramallah," he says. "People with an open mind. ... I mainly miss my mother, my brothers and sisters, but I know that it will be very difficult for me to return to Ramallah soon."

Posted on 07/31/2008 9:23 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Polygamy Quiz - Seventy Brides for Seven Brothers
As I was going to St Ives
I met a man with seven wives
And every wife had seven sacks
And every sack had seven cats
And every cat had seven kits
Kits, cats, sacks, wives
How many were going to St Ives?
Posted on 07/31/2008 9:12 AM by Mary Jackson
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Gates' New Strategy, Same As Old Strategy

Which is to say, it's not much of a strategy at all. WaPo:

...Gates embraces the "Long War" term that his predecessor, Donald H. Rumsfeld, invoked to equate the fight against terrorism with struggles against Soviet communism and Nazi fascism. His strategy, however, departs from Rumsfeld's focus on preemptive military action and instead encourages current and future U.S. leaders to work with other countries to eliminate the conditions that foster extremism.

"The use of force plays a role, yet military efforts to capture or kill terrorists are likely to be subordinate to measures to promote local participation in government and economic programs to spur development, as well as efforts to understand and address the grievances that often lie at the heart of insurgencies," the document said. "For these reasons, arguably the most important military component of the struggle against violent extremists is not the fighting we do ourselves, but how well we help prepare our partners to defend and govern themselves." ...

There is still no sign of any comprehension of Islam at the top. One reason for this, of course, is the fact that Hesham Islam, aid to the Defense Department’s Deputy Secretary, Gordon England, has actively blocked those who would educate the Defense Department on Islam, namely Stephen Coughlin, and who knows what other kinds of information he has changed, or colored, or blocked to reflect the mantra, Islam is a religion of peace, and woe to those who say otherwise.

Gates is also likely to stay on as Defense Secretary under either an Obama or a McCain Administration.

Posted on 07/31/2008 7:46 AM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Al Qaeda in Iraq Redeploying to Afghanistan
 
BAGHDAD -- The leader of the Sunni insurgent group Al-Qaida in Iraq and several of his top lieutenants have recently left Iraq for Afghanistan, according to its leaders and Iraqi intelligence officials. It is a possible further sign of what Iraqi and U.S. officials call growing disarray and weakness in the organization.

U.S. officials say that there are indications that Al-Qaida is diverting new recruits from going to Iraq, where its fighters have suffered dramatic setbacks, to Afghanistan and Pakistan, where they appear to be making gains.

"We do believe Al-Qaida is doing some measure of re-assessment regarding the continued viability of its fight in Iraq and whether Iraq should remain the focus of its efforts," said Brig. Gen. Brian Keller, the senior intelligence officer for Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq. But Keller said U.S. officials had no evidence that top Al-Qaida in Iraq leaders had gone to Afghanistan.

A largely homegrown insurgent group that U.S. officials believe is led by foreigners, Al-Qaida in Iraq has long been one of the most ruthless and dangerous organizations in the country. But even some of its leaders acknowledge that it has been seriously weakened over the past year.

[...]

This will be trumpeted as "victory" over Al Qaeda in Iraq by the "surge".  In fact, it shows the futility of relying strictly on "hot war" tactics to fight jihad.  Just as we saw Ethiopian troops rout the jihadis and push them out of Somalia, as soon as the troops leave, the jihadis return and regain control.  A "hot war" (limited in scope) will work well to remove specific threats, for example WMD manufacturing facilities.  A "hot war" will not work well to eradicate religious belief from a hostile population.  We have succeeded, at great cost to oursevles, in pushing Al Qaeda in Iraq into Afghanistan and Pakistan.  As soon as we withdraw from Iraq, they will return. 

Which, as long as we do not stupidly accept responsibility for their intra-Islamic behavior, and as long as we block their immigration to our countries, and as long as we limit our interaction to military surgical strikes to remove their capability to strike us, should be acceptable to us.

Posted on 07/31/2008 7:38 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Thursday, 31 July 2008
A Musical Interlude: If I Could Be With You (Ruth Etting)
Posted on 07/31/2008 6:52 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Today in the "Religion of Peaceā„¢"

On this day, July 31st, in 1997, New York City police thwarted a planned bombing of the city's subway system. Acting on a tip, police entered a Brooklyn apartment containing 5 bombs and 2 Muslim men. One of the men reached for a detonation switch, and the two men were injured in the ensuing gunfire.  Gazi Ibrahim Abu Mezer was later convicted of attempting to bomb a subway, while Lafi Khalil was acquitted. They were both "Palestinian" illegal immigrants, who planned to target a particular train because they believed it carried a large number of Jewish passengers. They may have had accomplices, but if so none were ever caught.

This attack was thankfully unsuccessful. Coming midway between the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 and the Sept. 11 attacks, it shows the unrelenting nature of the jihad. If one group is stymied in one attack, there is always another group ready to carry out another attack. Eventually one of them will get through our defenses.
 
Previous Days in the "Religion of Peace™":
Posted on 07/31/2008 6:48 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Thursday, 31 July 2008
Iraqi Olympic Athletes
In the interest of full disclosure, here is a followup to the banning of the Iraqi Olympic team. 
 
One good thing happened for Iraq this week: It won the right to send a team to the Olympics.

After last-minute negotiations in Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday reversed a decision made this spring to suspend Iraq from participation. While the move comes too late for most of the country's seven Olympic team members to enter their respective events, the fact that sprinter Dana Hussein and discus thrower Haider Nasir will bear the Iraqi flag in Beijing has boosted spirits in Baghdad.

"Sport is really important for us in Iraq right now," government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh told the Associated Press at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. "It brings the people together."

Iraq had disbanded its national Olympic committee over allegations of corruption – a move that led the IOC to cite political interference. But Iraqi officials in Lausanne pledged to hold elections for a new committee by November, which apparently satisfied IOC officials enough to clear the way for Iraq's participation in Beijing.

The deadline for Mr. Nasir and Ms. Hussein, whom the Monitor profiled in April, to be entered in the Games is Wednesday.

IOC President Jacques Rogge said he looked forward to seeing the Iraqi flag in Beijing, praising Iraqi officials for coming to the decision.

I know we're all rooting for our good friends and strong allies, the Iraqi Olympic athletes.
Posted on 07/31/2008 6:42 AM by Artemis Gordon Glidden
Thursday, 31 July 2008
"The Most Realistic Person In The World"

"He [Olmert] is the most realistic person in the world. "
-- from the article linked below

Is he "realistic" enough to find out even the most elementary things about Islam that any Israeli leader has a duty to find out about, such as the Muslim view that no land once possessed by Muslims can ever be yielded, and that the size of what remains un-repossessed is irrelevant?  Is he, Ehud Olmert, so much the "realist" -- the "most realistic person in the world," one friend calls him, that of course he knows all about the Treaty of Al-Hudaibiyya, as the model for all subsequent treaties made by Muslims with Infidels, so that he never for one instant had any faith in negotiations or treaties with the Arabs -- whether they are the Gazan Arabs or the other Arabs, the ones in the Arab-occupied "West Bank"? 

Surely the "most realistic person in the world" who happens to be the leader of Israel, responsible for the security of the state and its people, would -- let's be realistic -- know all about these things. Wouldn't he?  

Posted on 07/31/2008 6:37 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 31 July 2008
If Quiz - the winner

Artemis is technically the winner of the "If Quiz" because, in his words:

Not only did I give the right quote with the right spelling (kippled, of course), but for extra credit I even gave a link to the original NER blog and the wikipedia entry!

However, my quizzes are, in the spirit of Stephen Fry's QI programme, designed to elicit interesting answers rather than correct ones. "Correct" simply means what I happen to be thinking. What I happen to be thinking may be no better, as an answer, than a "wrong" one.

Other responses were every bit as interesting as the right answer. I loved Hugh's fountain pen anecdote, and Paul's muffin of the mule. Was it King Lear who said "Muffin will come of muffin"?

As for Reaction'ry and his "Ring des Nipple Lunging" and "Schnippel Schnippel Schip", he is in a class of his own and knocks knippling into a cocked hat.

Posted on 07/31/2008 5:08 AM by Mary Jackson
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