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Friday, 29 August 2014
The Poetry of Fear
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Why do teenagers love roller coasters and horror films? Perhaps they have discovered for themselves what the poet Wordsworth proclaimed, that “poetry is powerful emotion recollected in tranquility.”  Horror films, for example, work if they induce enough intense fear to allow the audience to recollect fearful moments, but without forgetting they are safe in the theatre or at home. Since modern societies teach us that fear is a negative and possibly cowardly emotion, we seem to have a backlog of unresolved fear hidden not only from others, but even from ourselves.

Fear, like other emotions, may be resolved in a safe zone. Although there is little agreement about a fear  backlog and how to deal with it, my suggestion is  to use not only film, theatre, and reading, but also to tell the parts of it over and over to a sympathetic ear, as in therapy for PTSD. Teenagers might not realize it, but fear signals its resolution by sweating and shaking. After recollecting some particularly dangerous experiences in my own life, I have shook and sweated to the point of having to change my sweat-soaked clothing.

It seems to me that all emotions are like breathing: they become negative only when obstructed.

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Posted on 08/29/2014 7:39 AM by Thomas J. Scheff
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Friday, 29 August 2014
Al-Qaeda manual encourages attacks on Marks and Spencer stores in UK
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Not to be outdone by Isil, al-Qaeda publishes English-language 'shopping list' for making bombs that can be used to attack British and American targets. 

The publication, called Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience Al-Malahem, suggests jihadists target the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Thames House in London and M&S department stores during Friday prayers, so as to avoid harming Muslims. There is a suggested list of targets for lone-wolf, or individually executed, terror attacks, including New York's Times Square, casinos and nightclubs in Las Vegas, oil tankers and busy train stations. It also encourages attacks on places around the world where Britons, Americans and Israelis take holidays.

Included in the article is a timeline of terror attacks, including 9/11 and the Boston bombings that includes a blank entry marked 201?, implying a terror attack on foreign soil is planned for the near future.

The manual goes on to praise the “Boston bomber brothers” Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, praying Allah accept them.  

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Posted on 08/29/2014 4:34 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
An Artistic Interlude: Collioure, Port De Peche (Derain, A Person Of Couleurs)
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Posted on 08/28/2014 8:27 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
"Australian" Rises HIgh In ISIS
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Posted on 08/28/2014 8:06 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Martin Sherman On Israel's Inhibitions In Gaza
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Posted on 08/28/2014 7:46 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Horrifying footage shows 250 Syrian soldiers marched to their deaths
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From the Metro

Disturbing footage has emerged that appears to show Islamic State militants marching 250 captured soldiers through the desert in their underwear – and then executing them. According to an IS fighter, the men were seized along with planes, helicopters, tanks and artillery from the Syrian Tabqa air base, which the radical Islamist group took on Sunday.

In the footage, which is too graphic to show, hundreds of men are seen to be paraded through the desert, chanting in Arabic, before the screen fades to black.

The next image shows piles of the executed men stacked on top of each other. The clip goes on to show a line of corpses stretched into the shape of a crescent.

‘The 250 shabeeha taken captive by the Islamic State from Tabqa in Raqqa have been executed,’ says the caption, An IS fighter told Reuters: ‘Yes, we have executed them all.’

The video has not yet been verified despite the group’s claims . . . Nadim Houry, deputy director of Human Rights Watch for the Middle East, called the video ‘another ISIS war crime’.

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Posted on 08/28/2014 12:49 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Mohammed is most popular name in Oslo
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From the Norwegian edition of The Local

Statistics Norway (Statistisk Sentralbyrå - SSB) has counted the population of Oslo and found that Mohammed is the most common male name in Oslo for the first time ever. The name has spent four years in a row at the top of the list of baby names in Oslo, but this is the first time that Mohammed tops the men's name list for Oslo.

Jørgen Ouren of SSB said to NRK: “It is very exciting.”
 
It's not 'exciting'; it's the Chinese curse - May you live in interesting times.
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Posted on 08/28/2014 10:50 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Shaun Wright resigns from Labour Party but refuses to quit as PCC
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South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright has resigned from the Labour Party after it threatened to suspend him over the Rotherham abuse scandal but has vowed to remain in his PCC role. The Labour party called for him to resign as PCC and threatened to suspend him from the Party if he had not done so by the morning, however on his website Mr Wright refused to leave the role. The PCC role pays better than the Labour Party.

In a statement he said: “I formally tender my resignation from the Labour Party. However, I remain committed to, and intend to remain in, my role as an Independent Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire. 

I thought the whole point of these elected Police Commissioners was to give the public some voice in police matters. But it seems they cannot be removed for any sort of misconduct, which ignoring sex abuse on an industrial scale is, surely?

There is no power to remove him from his £85,000-a-year position as PCC. On Newsnight Jack Domney, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs, called for powers to be introduced to allow the Government to remove PCC's from their positions. 

Labour MP John Mann has written a letter to the Home Secretary Theresa May calling for multiple misconduct charges to be brought against those responsible.  "As Shaun Wright is one who needs investigating I will be asking the Home Secretary to use another police force to investigate."

Mr Wright said he believed the report into the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, by Professor Alexis Jay, should have gone further in naming officials responsible for the failings identified in the report. Prof Jay has cast doubt on the assertion that Mr Wright did not know about what was happening in the town. " . . . Really by April 2005, it seemed to me that nobody could say 'I didn't know'." 

So far I have not seen anyone other than my peers query the role of the Crown Prosecution Service in this? They can only direct that a prosecution go ahead on what the police bring before them, but my own experience of their political bias makes me believe that they too had a role in this cover-up. 

There has been an EDL vigil outside Rotherham Police Station since yesterday afternoon. Mutual friends tell me that they have tents, sleeping bags and disposable barbeques, and that some local people have brought them food and moral support. Others, possibly disgruntled taxi drivers, have driven past making 'bang-bang gunfire' gestures.

This afternoon there are about 20 people present and as this picture from Doncaster Division shows, they are in for the long haul.

More as I hear.

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Posted on 08/28/2014 9:16 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Children scared to walk the streets in Rotherham
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Children in Rotherham do not feel safe to walk the streets, to wait for buses or take taxis alone, the author of a damning report into the town’s ‘unrelenting’ child sexual exploitation scandal told The Star today.

The report revealed the ‘prominent role’ of Rotherham taxi drivers in the abuse of children. In one council safeguarding meeting in 2010, minutes record three girls complaining of abduction attempts, and seven alleging being sexually exploited by taxi drivers. Four drivers, all from different firms, have had licences revoked since 2009 in connection to child sexual exploitation. One was arrested for sex offences and supplying drugs to a 15-year-old girl – but was not charged. Prof Jay said the inquiry interviewed 24 young people aged 14 to 25 – and ‘all avoided taxis if possible’. And here's me giving my daughter the same advice my mother gave me. Always keep an energency note folded in your purse where you can't see it to spend, but so that you always have the means to get a taxi home safely. 

“The girls described on occasions they would be taken the longest, darkest route home,” she said. “One said the driver’s first question would be, ‘How old are you, love?’. All talked about the conversation quickly turning flirtatious or suggestive, with references to sex.”

The report said young people in Rotherham prefer the bus – but are equally scared of Rotherham Interchange. “All the young people we met preferred to use the bus – despite their nervousness and dislike of the Interchange, which they described as attracting drug dealers, addicts, and criminals.The young people described a sense of intimidation and ‘running the gauntlet’ to get to their buses.”

Prof Jay told The Star she had been shocked by the extent of child sex exploitation going on in the town.

No-one from Rotherham Private Hire Drivers’ Association was available for comment when contacted by The Star yesterday.

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Posted on 08/28/2014 9:08 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
Rotherham: In the face of such evil, who is the racist now?
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Alison Pearson in the Telegraph

Let’s start with a riddle. If South Yorkshire Police can mount a raid on Sir Cliff Richard’s home in pursuit of evidence linked to a single allegation of child sex abuse 30 years ago, why were South Yorkshire Police incapable of pursuing multiple allegations against multiple men who raped 1,400 children over 16 years?

One thousand four hundred. Consider the weight of that number, feel its tragic heft. Picture 50 junior-school classes of little girls in Rotherham, once a respectable northern town, now a byword for depravity. Men of Pakistani heritage treated white girls like toilet paper. They picked children up from schools and care homes and trafficked them across northern cities for other men to join in the fun. . . All but one of the perpetrators were Muslims of Pakistani heritage who would have related to Cliff’s hit, Living Doll. 

The Labour Party, in particular, is mired in shame over “cultural sensitivity” in Rotherham. Especially, cynics might point out, a sensitivity to the culture of Muslims whose votes they don’t want to lose. Denis MacShane, MP for Rotherham from 1994 to 2012, actually admitted to the BBC’s World At One that “there was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat, if I may put it like that. Perhaps, yes, as a true Guardian reader and liberal Leftie, I suppose I didn’t want to raise that too hard.” Much better to hang on to your impeccable liberal credentials than save a few girls from being raped, eh, Denis?

Equally horrifying is the suggestion that certain Pakistani councillors asked social workers to reveal the addresses of the shelters where some of the abused girls were hiding. The former deputy leader of the council, Jahangir Akhtar, is accused of “ignoring a politically inconvenient truth” by insisting there was not a deep-rooted problem of Pakistani-heritage perpetrators targeting young white girls. The inquiry was told that influential Pakistani councillors acted as “barriers to communication” on grooming issues.

Front-line youth workers who submitted reports in 2002, 2003 and 2006 expressing their alarm at the scale of the child sex-offending say the town hall told them to keep quiet about the ethnicity of the perpetrators in the interests of “community cohesion”.

Fear of appearing racist trumped fears of more children being abused. Not only were negligent officials not prosecuted, they prospered. Shaun Wright, a former Labour councillor who was in charge of Rotherham children’s services during a five-year period when a blind eye was turned to the worst case of mass child abuse in British history, is now South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. (And he refuses to resign - about which more later)

Jane Collins, the Ukip MEP for Yorkshire and Humber, has called for Mr Wright to stand down, a demand that has been echoed by Labour as it realises the full horror of what was done – or not done – by its councillors. “To cover up something of this scale, it is evil,” says Mrs Collins.

It’s impossible not to share that incredulous fury. Powerless white working-class girls were caught between a hateful, imported culture of vicious misogyny on the one hand, and on the other a culture of chauvinism among the police, who regarded them as worthless slags. Officials trained up in diversity and political correctness failed to acknowledge what was effectively white slavery on their doorstep. Much too embarrassing to concede that it wasn’t white people who were committing racist hate crimes in this instance. 

This will come as no comfort to the 1,400 brutalised girls, many of whom have self-harmed or committed suicide, but I reckon Rotherham may be the final nail in the coffin of multiculturalism. Far from discouraging racism, the Labour policy of withholding the ethnic identity of men who preyed on white girls backfired spectacularly. Criminally, it endangered hundreds of children who might otherwise have been spared. A recent poll showed that 44 per cent of young Britons believe that Muslims do not share the same values as the rest of the population, while 28 per cent said they felt Britain would be “better off” with fewer Muslims. Attitudes are even more negative among older people.

There are other hopeful signs. The Rotherham scandal seems temporarily to have silenced those who insist, every time a child-grooming case is exposed, that most paedophiles are white. Indeed they are; but the Rotherham abusers were not paedophiles. They were men of Pakistani heritage slaking their lust on young girls they regarded as white trash because they knew they could get away with it. It grieves me to say they were right. Like South Yorkshire Police, they treated 1,400 defenceless children “with contempt”.

On Channel 4 News on Tuesday, Javed Khan, the chief executive of Barnardo’s, refused to give a straight answer to a question about the part that “ethnicity” played in the abuse of girls in Rotherham. As the presenter Jackie Long persisted, Mr Khan insisted that we should not be focusing on the identity of the perpetrators because it “distracted attention” from the children who were their victims.

On the contrary. It is of the utmost importance that wider society wakes up to the fact that there is what the inquiry found to be a “deep-rooted problem of Pakistani-heritage perpetrators targeting young white girls”. Many of us who have been saying this for a long time have been shouted down as racist. Thanks to Prof Jay, it has been stated publicly for the first time that the fear of appearing racist was more pressing in official minds than enforcing the law of the land or rescuing terrified children. It is one of the great scandals of our lifetime. 

Thus far, a mere five men have been jailed in connection with the disgusting crimes in Rotherham. A further 30 are under investigation . . . identify the perpetrators. Shame and name, and shame again.

...the way those crimes were ignored and suppressed by powerful men with a political agenda was despicable as well as criminal.  To avoid rocking the multicultural boat, they fed 1,400 children to the sharks. No just God would stand for what they did. 

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Posted on 08/28/2014 8:24 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Thursday, 28 August 2014
A Global Epiphany on ISIS
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It took only a moment for the whole world to become aware of the savagery and the delight in the slaughter of human beings by Islamist extreme groups. That moment was the display of a skilled video of a masked jihadist in black clothes apparently preparing the brutal beheading of James Foley, the 40-year-old American photo-journalist, on August 19, 2014.

The whole world has been horrified by the insane, uncivilized behavior of ISIS (or ISIL) and its rejoicing in its deranged conduct.  There could be no better illustration of the sadistic nature and the level of barbarity of the Islamic jihadists, ISIS, and others.  Yet curiously, previous public displays of that barbarity attracted little, if any, notice by the Western media and political leaders in the U.S. and Europe.  Earlier in August, the ISIS terrorists released another video portraying a number of their group preparing to slaughter with knives some Syrians, associated with the Free Syrian Army, who were tied up. This video was almost wholly ignored by the Western media, as were the killings by ISIS of hundreds of people, attacks on minority groups, and instillation of a doctrinal Islamic state, a modern caliphate based on sharia law.

The Western countries have reacted with some strong verbal language and mild military action to the murder of Foley.  British Prime Minister David Cameron asserted that Islamic jihadism is not a distant problem, but rather “our concern here and now.”  President Barack Obama spoke of the United States being “relentless” in reacting to ISIS and also ordered air strikes in northern Iraq against ISIS to stop its advance.  In addition, the revelation that a considerable contingent of Europeans, and some Americans, have joined ISIS, and other Islamist jihadists, and that the murderer of Foley is reputed to be a 23-year-old London rapper of Egyptian origin, has been a wake-up call to Western security services about security in their own countries.

It is heartening that Middle Eastern, as well as Western, countries have realized the danger to their countries, have condemned the atrocities, and are preparing to react to them.  Countries not always friendly to each other or to the West are beginning to line up.  They now recognize that the mujahedeen fighters in Afghanistan, the jihadists in Algeria and Iraq, the Muslim Brotherhood, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and Hamas in the Gaza Strip all have the same disregard for human life and are characterized by inhumane zealotry.

Saudi Arabia has for some time been concerned by the growing power of ISIS, and of radical Sunnis (takfirism).  Its grand mufti, Abdulaziz al-Sheikh, now refers to ISIS as enemy number one, against which decisive measures must be taken.  The country has already pledged $100 million to combat terrorism in the Middle East.  Kuwait has closed the Islamic charities that it believes give money to the jihadists.  Western observers have long known this to be the case.

Tactical alliances in the Middle East are forever changing.  The Kurdish group PKK, formerly regarded as a terrorist organization, is welcomed by the U.S. and the EU, as helpful in fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Turkey, which has allowed most of ISIS's supplies to come through its territory, has, at least temporarily, been less hostile to the Kurds in the north of its country.  The loathsome Bashar al-Assad Syrian regime has been bombing ISIS bases in Syria.  Even Qatar, a country that has substantially funded terrorist groups, is now reconsidering its aid to them.

Prime Minister Cameron insisted that immediate action is essential to stem the onslaught of the exceptional dangerous terrorist movement.  There is no choice but to rise to the challenge.  He might have gone farther and looked to Israel as the example showing the way to meet and overcome the challenge.

In this necessary battle against the evil forces of ISIS and of Islamic jihadists, aspects of Israeli behavior against aggression may be useful, even if used as a metaphor.  One of the elements of that behavior, used first to deal with attacks on Jews in prewar Europe and now incorporated into the training of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), is Krav Maga (Contact Combat).

This form of combat was devised by a Jewish man named Imrich Lichtenfeld, born in Budapest, who lived in Bratislava (Slovakia) as a champion boxer and wrestler.  Disturbed by the prevalent anti-Semitism in the 1930s, he worked out street-fighting tactics to deal with Fascist and Nazi assaults against Jews, and the anti-Semitic thugs.  He left for Palestine before the Second World War and taught his system to the IDF.  Krav Maga can best described as a combination of wrestling, boxing, Muay Thai, Kung fu, and Savate. It is a combination of kicks, strikes, and different forms of punches.

What is important are the principles of Krav, which, using it as a metaphor, are valuable for peace in the Middle East.  Individuals must first avoid confrontation and should remove themselves from danger.  They must then try to de-escalate any verbal interaction or dispute.  If these do not succeed, the individuals, or Israel, must start a process not only of self-defense against all variety of attacks, but also of a vigorous counter-offensive as soon as possible.  The tactics include hitting as hard as you can, neutralizing the enemy as soon as possible, using what you can to get the upper hand, and maintaining awareness of surroundings.  They also entail learning to understand the psychology of confrontation, and identification of potential threats before they occur.

The actress Jennifer Lopez was one of the celebrities who trained for a number of months in the art of Krav Maga.  She obtained better starring roles in her movies as a result.  The Western countries should now adopt the principles of Krav and take part, if not always star, in the fight against Islamist jihadists.

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Posted on 08/28/2014 7:25 AM by Michael Curtis
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
A Cinematic Musical Interlude: Anything Goes (from "Pennies From Heaven")
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Watch, and listen, here.

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Posted on 08/27/2014 8:56 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Shiites Mass To Break ISIS Siege Of Amerli
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Posted on 08/27/2014 8:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
In Yemen, Shiites Invest The Capital, Sunni Ruler Claims "U.S. Is Against This"
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Here.

Shiites in Sana, coming down from the north like wolves on the fold, defeat the Muslim Brotherhood andits political party, Islah (the party to which Nobel Prize winner Ms. Tawakkul belongs), and will not leave until their demands are met.

Why the American government should take a position on this is unknown. Most likely Hadi is making it all up.

All the Western world should want is for continued internecine and other forms of strife (as with the seekers of independence for what was once South Yemen)  in Yemen, with no letup.

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Posted on 08/27/2014 7:47 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Islam Had Everything To Do With What Happened In Rotherham
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Raised in communities, or families, suffused with Islam, the Muslim men who raped and beat and passed around for general  enjoyment, and then threatened with death, very young English girls -- did so because they thought the kuffar girls were fitting prey. In a society where the natural order of things prevailed, that is where Muslims dominated and non-Muslims subject to every sort of humiliation, Christian or other non-Muslim girls -- so Boko Haram and ISIS (which recapitulates Islamic history, and the mistreatment, after conquest, of non-Muslim peoples) show us, non-Muslim women could  be kidnapped, raped, converted, killed.  In England, where the man-made laws, the kuffar laws, still prevailed, such things were punishable -- but who cares about man-made, kuffar laws? The deep contempt and hatred forf non-Muslim that Islam, in the Qur'an and Hadith, inculcates in the Believers, and the more those Believers take Islam to heart, the greater that contempt and hatred, explains not only what happened in Rotherham, but similar gangs of Muslim men abusing young English girls in Oxford, in Rochdale, in Derby, in a dozen other places we know about, and probably in hundreds where we as yet do not.

When Muslims now ostentatiously deplore what the Rotherham Report revealed, and claim at the same time that this has "nothing to do with Islam" you can ignore the absurdity of the latter remark and be suspicious of the former one, in which they attempt to ensure that ignorance of Islam, confusion about Islam, fear of saying something untoward or impolite about Islam, continues, and these assertions are part of the Jihad of "pen, tongue" that is at least as dangerous as the Jihad of terrorism or qital (combat).


 

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Posted on 08/27/2014 6:49 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Christmas In The Koran By Ibn Warraq
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Just published, and ready for you to buy and read:

From the description at Amazon.com:

 

Centering on the pioneering work of Christoph Luxenberg, this anthology of scholarly yet accessible studies of the Koran makes a convincing case that Islam's holy book borrowed heavily from Christian texts in Syriac and other Near Eastern sources.

In this important compilation, Ibn Warraq focuses on the pioneering work in Syriac and Arabic linguistics of Christoph Luxenberg, a native speaker of Arabic who lives in the West and writes under a pseudonym. Luxenberg's careful studies of the Koran are significant for many reasons. First, he has clarified numerous obscurities in the Koran by treating the confusing passages as poor translations into Arabic of original Syriac texts. He demonstrates that when one translates the difficult Arabic words back into Syriac, the meaning becomes clear. Beyond textual clarity, Luxenberg's scholarship provides ample evidence that the Koran developed from a Judeo-Christian background, since Syriac (a dialect of Aramaic) was the main language of both Jews and Christians in the Middle East before the advent of Islam. 

Ibn Warraq supplies English translations of key articles by Luxenberg that originally appeared in German and have never before been available to an English readership. This is followed by commentary by other scholars on Luxenberg's work. Also included are articles by earlier specialists who anticipated the later insights of Luxenberg, and more recent scholarship inspired by his methodology. 

Erudite but accessible, this groundbreaking collection is must reading for anyone with an interest in the origins of the Koran and the early history of Islam.

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Posted on 08/27/2014 6:41 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Gaza-Israel Dateline Paris: Dispatch No. 8
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The truth is hanging by a thread. Beheaded journalist’s father: “I didn’t know how brutal they were.”

This is what I wrote a month ago, in the first dispatch in this series:

“Western media fervently defend the fighting forces of a jihad movement that would just as easily behead them as enslave them but would never ever allow them to report freely as they are doing today. Even though they abuse that freedom, they enjoy it.”

This week we were treated to the stark beheading video of American reporter James Foley. It is normal that the bereaved family would pay tribute to Foley’s courage maintained “up to the last minute.” He was on his knees. His last words were an indictment of his native land for conducting offensive air strikes against the Caliphate. It is fair to assume that if he had stood tall and faced the man who was preparing to saw off his head the video would not have been broadcast. If he had tried to wrest the knife out of the hands of his executioner we would never have known. Only videos of submissive victims are offered for the world’s contemplation.

That’s Da’esh [I don’t use ISIS or IS, I call them what they call themselves]. In another frame, in Gaza, we have surly black-hooded Hamas executioners pushing around some pathetic men accused of collaborating with the Israelis and shot on the spot. The condemned have what looks like paper bags on their heads.

The truth hangs by a thread from Da’esh to Hamas. But the journalists, who could find themselves one day on their knees, mouthing accusations, ready for beheading, won’t make the connection. They are already parroting the words of their eventual captors. Western journalists in Gaza, submissive to Hamas, report on the summary executions with eerie approval. For example, Ian Lee for CNN. Yup! Collaborating in wartime is serious business. Some of the executions were public. Hmph! It’s a warning to anyone that might think of giving information to the Israelis.

The anchoress asks why they would do it. Well, there’s the financial angle (Jews=money=corruption) and then maybe some of them are blackmailed. So, somehow, even as the camera focuses on the thick blood of the summarily executed, it turns out to be the fault of the Jews. And why are their heads covered? Maybe it’s to protect their families, he surmises. Then again, some of them, says the bright guy, might be Hamas commanders.

In fact they’re all down-at-the-heels low level henchmen. You think a Hamas commander would be at the mosque in a stretched out t-shirt and shabby sandals? Even the killers, though dressed in black, look like nobodies. But the correspondent has never seen a proper Hamas fighter so how would he know? In Rafah, says a self-satisfied Lee, there was enthusiastic support for the killings. One man said they shouldn’t shoot them they should burn them alive.

Da’esh is classier. They provided a gentleman from London to wield the knife. (Though recent reports suggest the video was staged and the actual butchering was done by a stand-in or a pro). The in your face role played by the London bloke has caused some embarrassment to the British government. And led to the brutal interruption of President Obama’s golf outing. The Brits put an A-team of forensic experts on the case, and may have already identified the chap that disgraced the Queen’s English. The prime suspect, Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, is the son of an Egyptian extradited to the U.S. for his alleged implication in the 1998 embassy bombings. Douglas Murray summed it up beautifully: “Just a bit more beheading than we are used to.” 

Is it reasonable to add the risk of being kidnapped and beheaded to the fearless journalist’s kit? With an added probability of sexual assault for the female of the species? War correspondents are a special breed, they willingly share the risks of soldiers and many have died on the battlefield. But hostages are humiliated, treated like dogs, exploited, and in some cases publicly beheaded to make an advertisement for the Caliphate. More often than not these captured reporters were there to tell the “other side” of the story, not hiding their sympathies with this or that “rebel” group or their antipathy to their own country. The French are notorious for bailing out their hostages, often with the help of Qatari intermediaries who already have their bank details, because they’re directly funding the hostage-takers.

Where is our collective dignity? Why do they get away with this? The truth hangs by a thread. While the Caliphate is slicing, the world is waffling, threatening to charge Israel with war crimes at the ICC. The West is on its knees. And telling Israel to swallow the medicine. Instead of proclaiming that we’re not going to put up with hostage taking and beheading anymore, world leaders are pushing Israel to take its daily rockets and turn the other cheek. But the beheaded can’t turn the other cheek!

The Gaza-Israel lethal narrative is unraveling

Here in France, the virulent pro-Hamas stampedes were followed by a flutter of pseudo-intellectual kill-the-Jews essays. Otherwise presentable journalists like Christophe Barbier fell into the snake pit. Western governments don’t know what to do about the thousands of passport-bearing “citizens” now fighting with the Caliphate, some of whom will inevitably return with plans for small and big massacres. They don’t know what to do about the pro-Hamas foot soldiers in Europe, tearing up the pavement, flying the black flag of jihad on our treasured monuments, attacking police, screaming unadulterated Jew hatred. They can’t rescue society and the economy from a massive influx of unqualified, unsatisfied, hostile immigrants. So the likes of Barbier set up the last concentric circle of the Gaza-Israel lethal narrative: it’s all the fault of the Jews. It’s the domestic variation on the theme “Israel has to make courageous concessions.” Friends like Nicolas Sarkozy sang the tune as they set foot on the landing strip at Ben Gurion airport. “Israel cannot be secure unless the Palestinians have a state.” Barbier’s variation goes something like this: French Jews shouldn’t give in to fear, shouldn’t run for safety to Israel, shouldn’t clump together to defend themselves here and Israel there, shouldn’t be too Jewish lest they be perceived as not enough French. As far as I can tell this kind of sniffling has also been heard in US and other European media.

Elsewhere, the dawning recognition of the reality of Hamas, Da’esh, and jihad conquest leads to “mermaid discourse” that begins with the cold facts and ends with a writhing fishtail. Some Israeli leftists do the dance, granting that Hamas is intractable to any sort of civilized arrangement; everything has been done and repeated for more than a month to arrive at a pure and simple ceasefire that would have spared innocent Gazan civilians the hardships that befall them. It is common knowledge—ignored by most media—that Qatar has threatened to expel Khaled Mashal if Hamas agrees to an unconditional ceasefire. We know that Hamas had been planning to assassinate PA president- for-life Mahmoud Abbas…after entering into a unity government with him. Israelis, whatever their political persuasion or geographical location, won’t put up with any more rocket attacks from Gaza. Not at the present rate of more than a hundred a day, not at the previous rate of a dozen here and fifteen there. Hamas must be defeated, say the mermaids, and then… ah, well then we have to get down to the serious business of creating a Palestine State. Gaza must be demilitarized, sing the mermaids, and who will take care of the store? Oh, that’s easy: the international community. The UN? The EU? Or maybe the police force of Ferguson Missouri.

The media were floundering. Hamas broke the last truce, Da’esh showed its sharp teeth, US Defense Minister Chuck Hagel suffered a premature Hallowe’en moment: Hey, those guys are really mean! They’re worse than al Qaida. Four year-old Daniel Tragerman was killed by a mortar shell fired into his kibbutz close to the border with Gaza. CNN “rose” to that occasion with a brief exchange between anchor and correspondent on the same wave length. Sad, yes, you feel for the parents, of course, their personal loss but… But of course the death toll on the Palestinian side is a hundred times more.

And you’re surprised that Hamas is celebrating its victory?

SkyNews, the BBC, and France 24 dipped into a bottomless barrel of moderate Muslims, adept at tongue lashing the West. My favorite was British MP Yasmin Qureshi, former aide to Ken Livingstone, who was allowed to speak from a genteel English garden background, with no contradiction within earshot. First, the facts: the Foley beheading has nothing to do with Islam. One of your contributors said it is an extreme form of sharia. That’s not true. It has nothing to do with sharia. The ISIS people should be treated like enemy combatants. 99.9% of Muslims (in the world? in the UK? in her circumscription?) are against this disgraceful beheading. If they don’t express themselves specifically as Muslims it’s because it has nothing to do with Islam. However, many (most? 99.9%? all?) Muslims here in the UK are terribly upset by our government’s policies in the Middle East over the past 30 years. They wouldn’t kill people, they wouldn’t behead anyone…We have to deal with all extremisms—Zionist extremism, neoconservative extremism, that’s what created the problem we have now.

The truth hangs by a thread. Israel can’t solve the Hamas problem, the West can’t solve the Da’esh problem, Nigeria can’t solve the Boko Haram problem, Europe can’t solve the demographic problem, and Qatar, cheered on by al Jazeera, keeps on pouring money into Western economies from its right hand pocket and into the maw of the caliphate with its left hand moneybags.    

The truth hangs by a thread, the lethal narrative was losing its wind, other stories came to the fore, evidence of journalistic malfeasance was piling up faster than the wounded at Shifa hospital, calls for an immediate ceasefire didn’t make sense after Hamas violated the 8th, 9th, and 10th in the series. Granted, it was brushed over with a vague “neither side wants to stop fighting,” but indignation had lost its sting. Here in France the government fell apart at the seams…again. Prime Minister Manuel Valls, appointed just 5 months ago, recomposed his government the other day and the plight of the Palestinians vanished as if it had never existed. I don’t know to what extent they were counting on moral support from the French …

The Cheikh Yassine Brigade put together a pro-Hamas party at Place de la République. About 200 attendees and apparently they didn’t even manage to throw a single firebomb but they did get across the essentialist message: “We don’t say the Zionists are Nazis, we say they are worse than Nazis.” The Brigade is known for its credible death threats against Hassen Chalghoumi, accused of being a friend of the Jews and a miscreant. Chalghoumi, who has been under police protection for several years, is the imam everyone turns to when they need to say Muslims in France disapprove of this or that savage act.

Victory celebration in Gaza

The big chiefs crawled out of the tunnels, the triumphant population gathered in the public square to celebrate their victory. In a work of fiction, the Israeli Air Force would drop bombs and wipe them out in one fell swoop. The story would be over. The perpetrators of evil would be eliminated with the cheering crowd, the falsifiers would go up in smoke, truth would have the last word.

It didn’t happen that way. The lethal narrative wasn’t demolished by a happy ending. Hamas is celebrating in the rubble and Benjamin Netanyahu is getting a volley of rotten eggs.

Still I’d rather be defeated like Israel than victorious like Hamas.

Epilogue:

A young Jewish couple was assaulted on the Upper East Side by men who rode off waving Palestinian flags. That is the victory Hamas is celebrating. 

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Posted on 08/27/2014 3:28 PM by Nidra Poller
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Rand Paul vs. Hillary Clinton
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Matthew Boyle interviews Rand Paul at Breitbart:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) certainly has a knack for boldness. On Sunday's Meet the Press, he dubbed U.S. military engagement in Libya “Hillary’s war” and stated the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) is not a result of President Obama's inaction in the Middle East but the unintended consequence of the U.S. military engagement in Libya.

The comments predictably caused heads in the GOP's foreign policy establishment to explode. The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin called the rhetorical gambit “ludicrous” and said Paul holds the same views as his father, the libertarian former-Rep. Ron Paul. In an email to me, John Yoo, the former top Justice Department official in the Bush administration, said Paul is the Republicans' “own version of George McGovern.”

In a phone interview, Paul expanded on his remarks and offered a detailed rendering of his views on foreign policy that, regardless of their merits, are undoubtedly innovative for a man likely to seek the GOP's presidential nomination in 2016. Paul told Breitbart News:

I would say the objective evidence shows that Libya is a less safe place and less secure place, a more chaotic place with more jihadist groups—and really, we’ve had two really bad things happen because of Hillary’s push for this war. One is that our ambassador was killed as a consequence of not having adequate security and really as a consequence of having a really unstable situation there because of the Libyan war, and then most recently our embassy having to flee by land because they couldn’t leave via the airport because of such a disaster in Libya. So I think it’s hard to argue that the Libyan war was a success in any way. From my perspective, the first mistake they made was not asking the American people and Congress for authority to go to war.

While Muammar Gaddafi, or Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad, or Iraq’s Saddam Hussein—deposed during the George W. Bush administration—were certainly bad actors, Paul wants to know: who takes their place?

Sometimes people are trying to say I don’t have enough concern for this. Well, actually, I have a great deal of concern—and not thinking through the consequences of intervention has caused Islamism and radical jihadist groups to proliferate. So I think Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein were both secular dictators who were awful, and did terrible things to their people, but at the same time were also enemies of the jihadists. Assad is the same way. What we’ve done in Libya, and now what we’re doing in Syria, is we have armed groups that are commingled with jihadists.

For instance, in Syria, Paul says, by arming the “rebels” against Assad, America “degraded Assad’s capacity to wipe out the rebel groups in his country.”

A year ago, Obama sought approval from Congress to engage militarily in Syria, as Paul urges, but Congress balked. Facing stiff resistance from lawmakers of both parties, the matter never even came up for a vote.

According to Paul, that's how the system is supposed to work.

“Think what would have happened had we seriously degraded Assad to the point where he was overrun, think who would be in charge of Syria right now?” Paul asked before answering his own rhetorical question: ”ISIS.” In conclusion, Paul said:

So we are very lucky that the American people are much wiser than Hillary Clinton, and much wiser than the president. We got the president and Hillary Clinton to slow down, but Hillary Clinton was widely reported to be the chief person proposing that we get involved in Syria. But really the only person directly involved in bombing ISIS’s bases right now is the Syrian government—so for all their wrongs, we’re actually quite lucky we didn’t have regime change, because I think it is a very realistic prediction that, had we had that happen, that ISIS would be in charge of Syria. Really, Syria, with Assad and all this war, is somewhat of a counter to the power of ISIS.

Paul's critics in the GOP are increasingly agitated by his stances, especially what they see as him positioning himself to the left of Clinton on foreign policy, even while the Middle East is becoming ever more volatile.

“The last thing the Republican Party needs is its own version of George McGovern,” Yoo told me. “More than 50 percent of the American people now disapprove of Obama's isolationist foreign policy, whose disastrous effects we now see in the Middle East, Ukraine, and Asia. Paul's views will have the same bad consequences, both for the Republican Party, the United States, and the world.”

On a panel on Meet The Press that followed Paul's interview, Michael Gerson, the former Geroge W. Bush speechwriter and one of the architects of “compassionate conservatism,” criticized Paul for opposing foreign aid.

“He’s called for the gradual elimination of all foreign aid,” Gerson said. “I’ve seen its effect in sub-Saharan Africa and other places. This would cause misery for millions of people on AIDS treatment. It would betray hundreds of thousands of children receiving malaria treatment. These are things you can’t ignore in a presidential candidate. This is a perfect case of how a person can have good intentions, but how an ideology can cause terrible misery. He will need to explain that.”

I can explain that. The American government is not Jesus. There seems to be some confusion between what is required of individuals as followers of Christ and what is required of nations. Nations are responsible to and for their own citizens - not the citizens of other nations. Individuals have responsibility to their brethren, so aid of this kind should be privately funded, not government funded. I think that's what Paul is getting at.

However, James Carafano, a generally hawkish foreign policy expert at the Heritage Foundation, said Paul is tapping into real currents of discontent with the American public. 

Paul is “onto something,” in that “in a sense that people are looking for something other than reflexively send in the bombs or reflexively do nothing,” Carafano told this reporter.

“It’s not just Sen. Paul, but I’ve heard several of the people who might be Republican candidates offer different versions of the same thing,” Carafano said. “Rick Perry was here the other day and was a little more aggressive on Iraq than Paul, but in their own way, what everybody is trying to say is we need to be prudent as opposed to somebody who just says we’re going to go do this.”

Paul describes himself as “a foreign policy realist like the first George Bush, like Reagan, like Eisenhower.” He elaborates:

They did intervene on occasion. It was not their first choice—but they did intervene when there were American interests involved, and I think really it’s not one extreme or the other. I often tell people in speeches one extreme goes nowhere all the time and that’s isolationism. The other extreme goes everywhere all the time. Many of the foreign policy sort of establishment in Washington, they're so used to being everywhere all of the time, that anyone who backs away from everywhere all of the time is considered to be an isolationist.

Paul said that in many cases, “there is no good alternative”—and that much of the time, each foreign policy choice by a president has negative consequences and positive ones. But the best decision, he said, is the one that acts in the best interest of America and her allies like Israel—even if that means a bad dictator remains in power.

“I think one of the biggest threats to our country is radical Islam and these radical Islamist groups—they are a threat,” Paul said.

Paul is currently leading the GOP field in 2016 GOP primary polls a few months out from the 2014 midterm elections. He said Americans are looking for someone they can trust to do the right thing when a foreign policy crisis arises. Paul went on:

When people are looking at choosing someone to be commander-in-chief, I think first and foremost they’re looking at whether that person has the wisdom and judgment to defend the country and make those decisions—when that 3 a.m. phone call came for Hillary, she didn’t bother to pick up the phone. In Libya, they were calling—they needed reinforcements for six months. It wasn’t just the night of the attack; for six months leading up to the attack there were repeated calls for reinforcements, for security teams, for a DC-3 to fly people on a plane to be able to leave the country. So I think the compilation of mistakes leading up to Benghazi really do preclude her from consideration to become commander-in-chief.

Regarding ISIS, the Islamic State terrorist organization that has grown a foothold in Syria and Iraq, Paul said he supports airstrikes. But if he were the president in this situation, unlike Obama, he would have called Congress back from recess to sell both chambers on action—and seek authorization before using America’s armed forces there. Paul said of ISIS:

We need to do what it takes to make sure they’re not strong enough to attack us. That means sometimes perhaps continuing the alliance with the new Iraqi government. Perhaps it means armaments, or perhaps it means air support, but frankly if I were in President Obama’s shoes at this time, I would have called Congress back, I would have had a joint session of Congress, and I would have said ‘this is why ISIS is a threat to the United States, to the stability of the region, to our embassy, to our diplomats, and this is why I’m asking you today to authorize air attacks.’ I’m betting if he would have done that to a joint session of Congress, he would have gotten approval. When you don’t do it through Congress, and you do it yourself, then you really have not galvanized the will of the nation. As a true leader, what I think we need to do is galvanize the nation when we go to war.

But since Clinton and Obama have “a disregard for the rule of law,” which generally requires congressional authorization for such military action while giving the president considerable latitude for short-term action, the administration did not seek congressional authorization for action in Libya—and probably won’t for action against ISIS, if it’s taken. Paul concluded:

Americans do want strong leadership from the president. They do think that President Obama is not being a strong leader. They do want a strong leader, something more akin to the public persona of Reagan. But they also don’t want somebody who is reckless in engaging in war; they don’t want somebody to put troops back in the Middle East. That was my point with Hillary Clinton—her eagerness to be involved in Libya and to be involved in Syria, in Libya led to very bad, probably unintended consequences and in Syria unintended consequences also. But I think you have less unintended consequences if you come to the American people through Congress and have a full-throated debate. It’s frankly difficult to convince Congress to do things—and that way, if you do it that way, you’re unlikely to go to war unless there is a consensus among the American people.
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Posted on 08/27/2014 2:03 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
As Far As The Eye Can See by Moshe Dann on NER Press
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New English Review Press is pleased to announce the publication of our fifteenth book, As Far As The Eye Can See by Moshe Dann.

Moshe Dann's stories are examinations of life as it is really lived, with its share of anxieties and tragedies, its moments of illumination and intimacy. These tender, often sad assessments of our mortal toils do what art is supposed to do: make the reader feel and reflect.
 —Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi

Moshe Dann picks with a small chisel at majestic themes. In the most delicate, unassuming and accessible language (George Orwell would very much approve), his characters go about their quotidian tasks (sorry, George!) while underneath large questions roil and bubble to the surface—questions of history, memory, identity, mortality, spirituality, family, despair, desire—even—dare one say it?—love. His characters—vain, unprepossessing, nervous, smart, but underneath filled with doubt, pain, apprehension and a certain obduracy of spirit, even courage—populate a world that Chekhov might recognize, were he to return as a contemporary Jew, hovering between Israel and the United States. Come to think of it, both George and Anton would have cause to utter a resounding, “Mazel tov!” 
  —Robin Hirsch, author of Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinski

Moshe Dann writes stories of longing and loneliness, of men and women hungry to be loved but unable to offer love. His characters want to make something of their lives, but their inner failures, especially their sense of being victims, stop them. Yet we see, we feel, the potential love they have to offer. This is a beautiful book full of intense feeling; the stories recog­nize the limitations of Dann's sad protagonists but invite us to see their yearning for life. We re with them though we certainly don't want to be them. They are figures of possibility, people who cry out to live.
  —John J. Clayton, author of Many Seconds into the Future

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Posted on 08/27/2014 1:45 PM by NER
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
The Three Sisters and other aircraft
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Regular readers will know I like aeroplanes. And ships. Especially WWII craft. 

I had the RAF museum in Hendon recommended to me by a friend of this site as a good day out for children of all ages. So we went, and he wasn't wrong. Aeroplanes I didn't realise examples of still existed, like the Gloster Gladiator and the Boulton Paul Defiant. Not to mention the Blenhem bomber and the remains of a Halifax, raised from a Norwegian lake after she landed on ice after the attack on the Tirpitz

There was something very affecting about this lady - which I could enjoy knowing that the crew got out safely.

There is a Lancaster. 

And as I passed the Lancaster I thought, it's got a bit dark in here. Then, this is a very big plane. Of course I was walking under the wing of the Vulcan bomber.

There is a static Vulcan at Southend Airport and I know several people who have been enthusiatic about the effort to get another Vulcan airworthy and flying. I was also keen to see the Lancaster visiting the UK at the moment from Canada. The only two flying Lancasters together was not to be missed. The Herne Bay airshow was curtailed due to bad weather. But on Thursday last week the Vulcan and the Lancasters, both built by AVRO, both designed by Roy Chadwick,(and with only 11 years separating his work on them) were due to fly together across eastern England, taking off from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire. This is a report from the Lincolnshire Echo with some nice video. If you search google there is another realy good clip taken from the tower of Lincoln Cathedral. I think the escort is a Typhoon.

Clacton Air Show was scheduled to receive both the Vulcan, and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, although permission was not given for the Three Sisters to fly in any sort of formation for an airshow. They flew in formation between and over several RAF bases then separated for the flight to Essex. So I had to go to Clacton.

A small boy told me solemnly that he had come 'to see a really big aeroplane called a Volcano'. I hope he remembers it in later life. 

There were helicopter displays, seach and rescue demonstrations, acropatic teams, then the Vulcan came in. Like an idiot I didn't think to try to get a video clip as I was so busy trying to get a good still photograph. This is probably the best.

There were only a fraction of the number of Vulcans manufactured and used by the RAF over a 30 year period compared with the number of WWII bombers. Vulcans were only used in anger once, during the Falklands War. My husband remembers them frequently flying over the fens when he was a child but in order to keep this Vulcan licenced to fly beyond 2015 her flying hours are limited, so she is a rare sight. 

Then the two Lancasters, followed by a Spitfire and a Hurricane came into view from thedirection of Jaywick (which is not what I expected). The City of Lincoln was in the lead. When I visited the BBMF at RAF Coningsby I was told that the planes did not have names, but some were dedicated to the city that financed them, for example. However during this visit of the Canadian Lancaster I have heard the City of Lincoln refered to as 'Thumper'. The Canadian Lancaster is the  Andrew Mynarski Memorial Lancaster, known as Vera from her call sign, VR-A. This time I took stills, 

and attempted some video.

Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski VC was the upper gunner on a RCAF Lancaster. The plane was shot down during a mission to France. PO Mynarski risked his own life to get the rear gunner out of his turret. Both men survived the parachute landing, but PO Mynarski died later of the burns he received during the rescue.

The Lancasters flew to Southend Airpost and spent overnight next to the static Vulcan. The display ended with the RAF's current jet bomber, the Typhoon. Right.

Which is very fast, so fast that I failed completely to get a picture showing the rear turbo afterburners, (or whatever they are correctly called) into the way of which I would not want to get.

Photographs E Weatherwax August 2014

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Posted on 08/27/2014 10:29 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
ISIS Tells Syrian Rebels To Expect The Worst
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Posted on 08/27/2014 8:53 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Remember this about Rotherham Council Children's services
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This story is nearly two years old. I did report it at the time. But it bears repeating as an example of the ideological corruption at the heart of the Local Government/police/politics of the Rotten Borough of Rotherham.

From the Yorkshire Post, 24th November 2012

Fury as Rotherham council takes children from foster parents because they’re in Ukip

AN under fire Yorkshire council has sparked outrage by removing three children from the care of foster parents because they are members of the Ukip political party. Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council removed the children because the couple’s political affiliation was seen as being at odds with the youngsters’ European backgrounds.

By the council’s own admission the youngsters were happy and there was no question mark over the foster parents’ provision of care.

Tonight, council leader Roger Stone announced the Labour-run authority would investigate what had happened after mounting condemnation from political leaders including Education Secretary Michael Gove and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

The children, a baby girl, a boy and an older girl, were removed by social workers after the council reportedly received an anonymous tip-off about the foster parents’ membership of the right-wing party which wants withdrawal from the European Union and immigration curbs.

Social workers said they were concerned about the children’s “cultural and ethnic needs”. The South Yorkshire couple claimed a social worker told them Ukip was “racist”.

Joyce Thacker, the council’s strategic director of children and young people’s services, said the decision to remove the children was taken after consultation with lawyers. Asked what the specific problem was with the couple being Ukip members, Mrs Thacker told BBC Breakfast: “We have to think about the clear statements on ending multi-culturalism for example. . . "

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Posted on 08/27/2014 8:43 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
A Cinematic Musical Interlude: Black Bottom (Ginger Rogers)
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Watch, and listen, here.

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Posted on 08/27/2014 8:44 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Did The Lisa Benson Show help to unseat incumbent Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne?
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Mark Brnovich  victor in Arizona Republican primary for Attorney General
August 26, 2014
Source: Arizona Republic

When Nidra Poller and I appeared on Sunday’s Lisa Benson Show with Benson and her guest, incumbent Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, we didn’t know what to expect. As chronicled in our Iconoclast post,  “Arizona Attorney General refuses to recognize the Stealth of the Gulen Movement,” a dispute was created by Horne’s defense of the 12 Gulen academies in Arizona and rejection of the stealth jihad agenda of Turkish Sufi preacher Sheikh Gulen. Gulen is the ex-patriate resident alien ensconced in a fortified complex in Eastern Pennsylvania  who heads a multi-billion dollar globe girdling Hizmat movement with a network of over 1,100 science and math academies in over 100 countries. There are more than 135 Gulen academies in 26 states in the US funded by hundreds of millions of dollars of US taxpayers funds. These charter schools employ thousands of Turkish foreign administrators and faculty under the H1B visa program of our State department.

This may have been a defining moment. Lisa Benson told me following the program there was a groundswell of condemnation of Horne’s views from  listeners across the globe. Horne had a number of other legal entanglements and had been the target of investigations by both the FBI and his department’s Solicitor General. Horne’s appearance on the Lisa Benson Show may have provided additional information on the questionable views of the incumbent top law officer in Arizona. 

After polls closed in Arizona Fox 10 in Phoenix reported:

Attorney General
Attorney General Tom Horne has been thrown out of office in the Republican primary after a rocky first term. 

Horne lost the primary to the state's former top gambling regulator, Mark Brnovich.
 
Brnovich attacked Horne for the many investigations that have hounded him in his first term and prompted most of the Arizona political establishment to distance themselves.
 
Horne was investigated for a hit-and-run accident, campaign finance violations and having his attorney general staff work on his re-election effort while on the clock.
 
Brnovich will face Democrat Felecia Rotellini in the November election.

When I hit the sack around 11PM CDT, Horne had a slight lead over his challenger Brnovich. Whether it was Sunday's program or Horne's mess of legal problems and peccadilloes, he defeated himself. The kerfuffle on the Lisa Benson Show may have exposed his stupefying cupidity about the agenda of Sheikh Gulen, a long term Islamist. Perhaps the incoming Arizona AG might be more inclined to investigate the 12 academies in Arizona funded by hundreds of thousands if not millions of taxpayer funds employing dozens of Turkish foreign administrators and teachers tithing to the world's greatest Islamist's coffers. Thus furthering his Turkish nationalist stealth jihad. This was good truth telling exposure in the best tradition of hoisting him on his own petard. Next session in the Arizona legislature might feature investigative hearings leading to possible restrictions on foreign workers in publicly supported charter schools.

Credit goes to our colleague Lisa Benson for having the temerity to accept outgoing Attorney General Horne’s challenge to defend the Gulen Movement academies in Arizona.    US Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said in a dissent, “Sunlight is the best disinfectant.”  Nidra Poller offered this comment:  “Chalk one up for Lisa Benson!”

 

 

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Posted on 08/27/2014 8:40 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Matti Friedman: That Obsessive, Hypertrophied Fixation With Israel
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